March 2019 Newsletter Available & BEA Festival of Media Arts Winners

Spring forward, Writers!

The Writing Division of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) is pleased to share with everyone our 2019 March Newsletter. Inside you’ll find important information about this year’s BEA Conference, including a list of panels and sessions, plus the business meeting for the Writing Division.  We’d also like to take an opportunity to congratulate our student and faculty screenwriting competition winners! A full list is located within the newsletter.

We look forward to seeing all of you at this year’s BEA Conference! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for all the latest updates and information about the Writing Division, the BEA Conference, and the National Association of Broadcasters.


December 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year! We want to wish everyone the best holiday season and hope everyone has time to relax this season. With only a few months left to go, some deadlines, and a new semester, the #BEAVegas Conference is right around the corner! To keep you updated, here’s our December 2019 newsletter with everything you need to help plan your agenda while at the conference this year, and to make the most out of everything the Writing Division has to offer.

To get the latest updates regarding careers, internships, scholarships, media and culture studies research, and screenwriting tips, be sure to follow our social media pages!

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August Newsletter


Happy end of summer and beginning of a new fall term! Attached is the BEA Writing Division newsletter. This edition includes important upcoming dates:

  • September 15 deadline for panel proposals;
  • October 12 deadline for scholarship applications;
  • December 1 deadline for academic paper submissions;
  • December 15 deadline for Festival of Media Arts submissions.

The attached newsletter (BEA-Writing-News-2018-08Aug) has all the information and links you’ll need. In addition, the minutes of our April 9 division business meeting in Las Vegas are also included. Plan now to join us for BEA2019 from April 6-9 next year!

Ed Fink

Newsletter Editor

BEA Writing Division


2018 PITCH! Session Guests Announced

The PITCH Session: Tell Your Story to an Industry Professional!

Many wonderful stories and scripts go unproduced because the author or originator has not or can not make a convincing oral summary (or pitch) of its value, appeal, and marketability to a producer or agent. In this annual panel, we encourage all student BEA attendees to pitch their story to industry professionals who will evaluate the pitch and their script’s merit in the current marketplace.

Our special guests for 2018 will be Carter Blanchard and Michael Lucker.

Encourage your students to get their pitches ready!

BEA Student Script Competition – Reviewers Needed

The BEA Festival of Media Arts will accept entries from November 15 – December 15. That means we are making plans to judge those submissions.

We are currently seeking volunteers to judge the Student Script Competition for the Writing Division. This is a valuable service that’s a great CV line and a wonderful chance to give back to our students. It’s also useful to see the variety and quality of work being produced by students around the country.

Students will submit feature films, original television series, television specs and mobisode/webisodes. Reviewers will be asked to evaluate a variety of scripts, something we believe keeps the reviewing experience interesting. A general rubric will be provided to make providing feedback easy.

We would really appreciate your help.

If you are interested in volunteering to review student scripts, all you have to do is reply to this email and let us know. Alternately, you can send a note to one of the competition co-chairs and your name will be placed on the list of reviewers. Reading assignments will be distributed shortly after December 15.

Thank you,

Dr. Evan L. Kropp

Dr. John P. McHale



August Newsletter


This email brings you the August 2016 newsletter of the BEA Writing Division. This is going to everyone on the 2016 Writing Division list. If you believe you are receiving this in error, or if you do not wish to receive future newsletters (three per year), please reply to this email and I will be happy to delete you from my list.

This newsletter arrives with a timely reminder that the deadline to submit panel proposals for BEA2017 is this September 15, 2016. Looking ahead, academic paper submissions are due by December 1, and submissions to the Festival of Media Arts may be submitted between November 15 – December 15. The BEA2017 convention is scheduled for April 22-26, 2017, at the Las Vegas Westgate. The spotlight is “Imagining Tomorrow’s Media: Creativity, Innovation and Monetization.”

The attached newsletter (BEA-Writing-News-2016-08Aug) has all the information and links you need. Additionally, the newsletter has two requests for panelists, one from Evan Kropp and one from Candace Egan. Finally, the newsletter has the minutes from the Writing Division business meeting at last April’s conference.


Ed Fink
BEA Writing Division
Newsletter Editor