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2018 Distinguished Education Service Award (DESA) Presented to Gregory Pitts

Gregory Pitts, Director of Faculty and Student Programs for the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Educational Foundation and professor and director in the School of Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University, has been named the 2018 Distinguished Education Service Award (DESA) winner.

Dr. Julia Largent, McPherson College, named the recipient of the 2018 Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Julia E. Largent is an Assistant Professor of Communication at McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas, where she also serves as the faculty advisor for the student newspaper, The Spectator. Her research focuses on why people are interested in documentaries and how fans communicate and view each other in online spaces. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Media and Communication from Bowling Green State University in August 2017. In 2013, Julia received her MA in Digital Storytelling from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where she also grew up. She received her BS in Peace Studies and Communication Studies from Manchester University in 2011. Julia serves as the Managing Editor for the Popular Culture Studies Journal and is also the Graduate Student/New Professional Representative for the Midwest Popular Culture Association.

Call for Applicants, BEA Seat on ACEJMC Council

The BEA Board of Directors seeks applications for the next BEA representative on the ACEJMC Accrediting Council.  BEA’s representatives are required to attend the annual Spring and Fall Council meetings in Chicago, and to provide a written report of Council activities to the BEA Board of Directors meeting each fall. Applicants should possess a PhD, or equivalent terminal degree; have a record of BEA involvement; and have the rank of Associate Professor or Professor at an ACEJMC accredited institution. Read More… 

President’s Corner — February 2018

Our division leadership was busy over the holidays overseeing the review of research paper submissions for the division paper competitions.  Now that judging is completed, we can preview some of the research sessions at BEA2018.

Sixteen of BEA’s nineteen interest divisions will be presenting top research from their annual paper competitions this year.  Student Media Advisors and Two-Year/Small Colleges typically don’t receive research for the competitions, but we are happy to report that our two newest divisions – Religion & Media and Service Learning both received submissions for the 2018 convention. Read More…

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