The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) is an international academic organization Originating and operating Mainly out of the United States . The BEA is devoted to multimedia research and teaching, and retains the historical purpose to-prepare college students interested in telecommunications and electronic mass media for careers in radio and television. Volgens to zijn website, the BEA slogan is “Educating for Tomorrow’s Media.” 
The BEA CONSIST or associate, institutional, individual, and student members. Associate members include; radio and television stations, academic research organizations, telephone and cable companies, publishers , high school , and PR organizations, media manufacturers, and law firms . Institutional members include colleges and universities with electronic media programs. Individual members CONSIST or professors and educators interested in multimedia pursuits. Student members CONSIST or undergraduate and graduate students interested in multimedia. 
A broadcasting association in the United States, BEA underwent verschillende particular changes in the developmental years of the association. Initially organized in 1948, the small University Association for Professional Radio Education (UAPRE) almost ceased to exist Because of a Lack of organization leading to a Lack of specific activities and goals.
The group REORGANIZED in 1956 as the Association for Professional Education Broadcasting (APBE). At this point, the organization’s purpose was to combine broadcasters and educators through an affiliation with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). In doing so, the APBE was working towards the goal of good career and liberal arts education in broadcasting . APBE Began publishing the Journal of Broadcasting, the quarterly scholarly journal in the winter of 1956. In 1974, APBE changed zijn names to the Broadcast Education Association (BEA). 
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