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Please note that BEA’s membership is based on the calendar year.  Since BEA offers complimentary membership to all Historically Black Colleges and Universities, we will automatically renew your membership in 2022.

BEA ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & MEMEBERSHIP BENEFITS

Free Student Memberships: One of the most valuable benefits we offer our institutional members is free membership to all full-time undergraduates attending BEA member schools.  Those students are eligible to apply for thousands of dollars in scholarships, submit entries to the Festival of Media Arts ($40 per student submission), receive discounts to attend conventions and conferences, submit to our PSA competitions and participate in the Radio Show Student Scholar Program.  Please email   to receive the complimentary code to pass along to your undergraduate students.

BEA Scholarships: This fall, BEA will award $40,000 in scholarships to graduate and undergraduate student members. The scholarships are awarded to current sophomores, juniors, seniors entering graduate school, and graduate students studying for careers in all areas of media.  These scholarships are only available to students at BEA college and university members. The deadline is in mid-October 2021.

Radio Show Student Scholar Program | October 2021: Each year we produce a program called the Radio Show Student Scholar Program at the RAB and NAB Radio Show.  The program provides over 100 registrations to undergraduate and graduate students at BEA member institutions.  The Radio Show sessions are open to the students and BEA hosts an orientation and administers a series of “Mentor Match-up” roundtable discussions with radio professionals.  The complimentary registrations are available thanks to the support of radio and media companies.

The Festival of Media Arts is a competition open to students (and BEA individual faculty members).  There are 15 competitions for faculty and students that range from dramatic narratives to non-fiction documentary, and hard news reporting to interactive multimedia. Accepting Entries: November 15 – December 15.  The submission cost is $40 per student submission.

BEA Student Media Clubs (BEASMC) – For an additional $100, BEA intuitional members can elect to start a Student Media Club on their campus.  The clubs assist and guide students by providing networking opportunities and promoting collaborative projects and discussions.  We produce two competitions for the BEASMCs – a Fall competition for video #BEAfilm48 and a Spring competition for audio #BEAshortdocs.

BEA PSA Competitions – March 1 is the deadline for two BEA hosted PSA competitions.  Memorable Moments in Broadcast History – With the 2020 celebration of the 100th anniversary of commercial radio broadcasting, BEA seeks to remind students and the larger public about the historical impact of broadcasting. In order to promote the anniversary, BEA invites students and faculty to produce video and audio PSAs depicting memorable broadcast moments.  Racial Justice and Social Change – BEA hopes to serve as a bridge of communication on issues of social importance that help our members develop as more thoughtful media practitioners. To this end, we invite students and faculty to produce video and audio PSAs to promote and celebrate racial justice and social change in their schools and communities.

Two complimentary job postings – Consider taking advantage of two free job postings through BEA.   Rates begin at $175 for subsequent ads.  Each ad runs on our website and one time in our bi-weekly newsletter.  Email to receive your two complimentary job postings.

BEA also offers a series of research & creative competitions specifically for BEA individual faculty members at our annual events.  If you are not already an individual member but are interested in joining, please click here or email .

BEA2021, BEA’s annual convention, produces over 250 sessions on media pedagogy, collaborative networking events, hands-on technology workshops, research and creative scholarship, and the Festival of Media Arts.  It is typically co-located with NAB Show each April in Las Vegas but will be a virtual convention April 12-16.  The registration fee to the April 2021 virtual convention is complimentary to all individual members.

-BEA’s On-Location provides an opportunity to promote academic scholarship through research and creative presentations and competitions during this 2 ½ day virtual conference.  In addition to networking, panel and research presentations, On-Location has a series of Adobe and Google News workshops.  It will take place in Las Vegas in October 2021.