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Deadlines & Events in 20201
January 15 Distinguished Education Service Award (DESA) is awarded to an individual who has made significant and lasting contributions to the American system of electronic media education by a singular achievement or continuing service of electronic media education.
January 15 Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship nominees should have made a significant contribution to research and scholarship involving broadcast and electronic media. Contributions should be evidenced by related publication in books and journals, over at least twenty years.
January 15 Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award offers $1,000 for the outstanding Ph.D. dissertation in broadcasting and electronic media. The award was established through gifts started by Professor Kenneth Harwood and donations from friends of BEA.
January 15 PILOT Media Technology & Innovation Scholarship offers  FOUR scholarships; $2,5000 each.  Current sophomores, juniors, seniors & graduate students can apply.  Online applications ONLY. Sponsored by PILOT
February 1 Disrupt the News Challenge is a competition for student teams who had to reinvent their newscasts in the COVID-19 world.
February 26 BEA Audio Shorts Competition invites BEA Student Media Club Members to create compelling audio stories in 48-hours the weekend of March 5-7 – #BEAshortdocs.
April 1 PSA Competition on two topics for 2021 – Memorable Moments in Broadcast History and Racial Justice and Social Change.
April 5-9 BEA Interest Division Meetings take place the week before this year’s convention.
April 12-16 BEA2021 Virtual Convention – #BEAvegas
June 15 BEA On-Location Paper & Panel Submissions Deadline (including Research-in-Progress and the mini-Research Symposium)
July 15 BEA On-Location Creative Competition Deadline – Competitions in Audio, Documentary, Film & Video, Interactive Multimedia, News, Sports & Open
August 1 Radio Show Student Scholars Applications due
FALL 2021
September 15 BEA2022 Convention Panel Deadline – BEA accepts panels on media pedagogy, hands-on technology workshops, research and best teaching practices.
October 10-12 BEA On-Location– Las Vegas
October 15 BEA Film 48 invites BEA Student Media Clubs to unleash their creativity for #BEAfilm48, a 48-hour film festival taking place in the fall.
October 16 2021/2022 BEA Scholarships– offering scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students attending BEA member institutions.  Applications and information are online.
December 1 BEA2022 Convention Scholarly Paper Deadline
December 1 BEA2022 Research-in-Progress Submission Deadline
December 1 BEA2022 Research Symposium: Triaging the Streaming Wars – Submission Deadline
November 15 – December 15 The BEA Festival of Media Arts is an international digital media and broadcast competition for faculty and students from around the world. Work is showcased at BEA’s convention in Las Vegas.  “Best of” winners receive $1,000. Sponsored by the King Family Foundation. Submissions accepted November 15- December 15.
November 15 – December 15 The Dr. Marjorie Yambor Signature Station Competition are sponsored by BEA’s Student Media Advisors division.  The competition invites submissions of superior protocol and practices at student-run, faculty-advised college radio and television stations.
December 15 Broadcast Historian Award is a partnership between the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) and BEA.  With the support of LABF, BEA awards $5,000 to an educator who has written a book or produced creative work specifically related to broadcast history.  The award accepts book and creative work submissions in alternating years.
December 15 The Leibner Cooper Grant for Creative Productions on the History of Media Grantawards a $2,500 grant to a faculty member who is producing a documentary, news story, multimedia project or sports production focused on historical issues, figures and/or events related to media.