Research Symposium

Since its debut in 2008, the BEA Research Symposium has become a focal point of BEA’s research community and is held in conjunction with BEA’s annual convention each April. Past symposium chairs have included the most distinguished researchers in their field and have covered cutting-edge topics in the areas of media & the social self, sports, economics, media & morality, technopolitics, race and gender, and entertainment. The success of the Symposium launched the Electronic Media Research book series, published by Routledge. In addition to a paper competition, the day-long symposium has a series of presentations and panels led by senior scholars.

BEA2017 Research Symposium – Video Games: A Medium that Demands Our Attention
From the first “interactive computer demonstrations” at MIT in the 1950s to the blockbuster Grand Theft Auto V in 2013 (the highest-selling packaged media product of all-time), video games have continually captured the public’s imagination and interest. Video games are credited with improving the skills of pilots and surgeons and encouraging murder and mayhem. The gaming industry’s revenues have continually exceeded the film industry, while debates rage as to whether games are toys or more serious forms of art. Games are celebrated for their ability to spark children’s emotions, and chided for corrupting their morals. Finally, games are regarded as social media technologies that encourage interaction, while also regarded as distractions from reality that result in social isolation. Click here for more info.

To see the BEA2016 Research Symposium – Risk and Health Communication in an Evolving Media Environment schedule, click here.

Electronic Media Research Book Series

This volume presents timely discussions on how digital technology is reshaping broadcasting and the media in the United States and around the world. It features contributions from distinguished scholars and young researchers, representing work that spans domestic and international issues of technological change and the implications for broadcasting and related media in a global context.

Media and Social Life Edited by Mary Beth Oliver, Arthur A. Raney Our use of media touches on almost all aspects of our social lives, be they friendships, parent-child relationships, emotional lives, or social stereotypes. How we understand ourselves and others is now largely dependent on how we perceive ourselves and others in media, how we interact with one Published April 7th 2014 by Routledge

Sports Media
Transformation, Integration, Consumption
Edited by Andrew C. Billings Looking toward a future with increasingly hybridized media offerings, Sports Media: Transformation, Integration, Consumption examines sports media scholarship and its role in facilitating understanding of the increasingly complex world of sports media. Acknowledging that consumer demand for sports Published September 20th 2013 by Routledge


Media Management and Economics Research in a Transmedia Environment Edited by Alan B. Albarran This landmark work centers on media management and economics within a diverse, international, historical and constantly changing environment. The chapters herein reflect the current state of research and present directions for future study. Developed at the 2012 Research Symposium in conjunction Published May 15th 2013 by Routledge



Media and the Moral Mind Edited by Ron Tamborini Questions regarding the relation between media and morality have been a lasting concern. Can media exposure shape or alter moral values? Does morality influence how audience members select, interpret and respond to media content? Attempts to answer such questions are hindered by the complex nature Published April 25th 2012 by Routledge