• American Academy of Advertising (AAA) AAA is an organization of advertising scholars and professionals with an interest in advertising and advertising education. The Academy fosters research which is relevant to the field and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas among its academic and professional members. Through the Journal of Advertising, the Juornal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising, the Journal of Interactive Advertising and the annual conference Proceedings, the Academy disseminates research findings and scholarly contributions to advertising education and the profession. For advertising scholars, AAA is the home base for academic growth, knowledge generation, global insight, networking, and the shared mission of educating the next generation of advertising scholars. Members span diverse institutions, academic networks, continents, disciplines and modes of inquiry, but AAA is the one home that we return to from graduate student to emeritus.
  • American Press Institute (API) API acts as a scout on the frontier of technology and audience behavior to identify where change is occurring and helping news organizations learn how to implement and scale that change successfully so they have a sustainable future. API is dedicated to the concept that the publishers that thrive in the 21st century will be those with a deep understanding of rapidly changing audiences. We have four principal areas of work that reinforce that focus: 1) understanding audiences, 2) growing reader revenue, 3) accountability journalism, and 4) supporting organizational change and transformation.
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. ASHA's vision is making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all. The Association's mission is to empower and support audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists through: advancing science, setting standards, fostering excellence in professional practice, and advocating for members and those they serve.
  • Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) AAJA was founded in 1981 by a small group of AAPI journalists who felt a need to support one another and to encourage more Asian American and Pacific Islanders to pursue journalism at a time when there were few AAPI faces in the media. AAJA's mission is four-fold: 1) to provide a means of association and support among AAPI journalists, and to advance AAPI journalists as news managers and media executives; 2) to provide encouragement, information, advice and scholarship assistance to AAPI students who aspire to professional journalism careers; 3) to provide to the AAPI community an awareness of news media and an understanding of how to gain fair access; and 4) to research and point out when news media organizations stray from accuracy and fairness in the coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and AAPI issue.
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) AEJMC is a nonprofit, educational association of journalism and mass communication educators, students and media professionals. AEJMC's mission is to promote the highest possible standards for journalism and mass communication education, to cultivate the widest possible range of communication research, to encourage the implementation of a multi-cultural society in the classroom and curriculum, and to defend and maintain freedom of communication in an effort to achieve better professional practice and a better informed public.
  • Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) AECT is a professional association of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology. The goal of AECT is to facilitate humane learning through the systematic development, utilization, and management of learning resources, which include people, processes, and media in educational settings. The mission AECT is to promote the effective design and use of technologies in the teaching/learning process, worldwide. AECT is the oldest professional home for this field of interest and has continuously maintained a central position in the field, promoting high standards, both in scholarship and in practice.
  • Broadcast Education Association (BEA) BEA is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals. BEA serves as a forum for exposition, analysis and debate of issues of social importance to develop members’ awareness and sensitivity to these issues and to their ramifications, which will ultimately help students develop as more thoughtful practitioners.
  • College Media Association (CMA) CMA, founded in 1954, serves student media pros, staffs and programs with education, research and resources. CMA communicates and works with professional media organizations and education associations on the local, state and national levels. CMA's mission is to support student media programs and professionals through education and community. The purpose of CMA is to support student media programs and professionals through education and community.
  • Education Writers Association (EWA) As the professional organization of members of the media who cover education at all levels, EWA has worked for more than 70 years to help journalists get the story right. The mission of the EWA is to strengthen the community of education writers and improve the quality of education coverage to better inform the public.
  • Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) JAWS supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society. JAWS brings together working journalists and journalism educators and researchers from across the country to share resources, support, training and information about issues that affect women in our field.
  • National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) NAB is the voice for the nation's radio and television broadcasters. As the premier trade association for broadcasters, NAB advances the interests of our members in federal government, industry and public affairs; improves the quality and profitability of broadcasting; encourages content and technology innovation; and spotlights the important and unique ways stations serve their communities. NAB is the chief advocate of broadcasters in our nation's capital, ensuring policymakers are informed on the issues that impact the broadcasting industry.
  • National Communication Association (NCA) NCA advances Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the sue of knowledge about communication to solve human problems.
  • Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) PRSA is the nation’s largest professional organization serving the communications community with a mission to make communications professionals smarter, better prepared and more connected through all stages of their career. PRSA researches, tracks and speaks out on current issues impacting your professional practice, principles and reputation. PRSA advocacy also focuses on three core areas: the business value of public relations, ethics and diversity within the profession.
  • Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) RTDNF, a 501 (c) 3 educational foundation, was created to help RTDNA members embody and uphold the standards of ethical journalism and promote leadership in the newsroom. RTDNF's primary objectives include: promoting discussion of ethics and integrity in news coverage; developing leadership skills among news professionals and sound management practices in news organizations; encouraging diversity in news organizations and in news coverage; assessing the impact of technological change on the news industry; fostering exchanges of ideas and perspectives at the local, national and international levels; and supporting U.S. First Amendment rights, worldwide press freedom and the public's right to know.
  • Society for Cinema & Media Studies (SCMS) SCMS is the leading scholarly organization in the United States dedicated to promoting a broad understanding of film, television, and related media through research and teaching grounded in the contemporary humanities tradition. SCMS works to maintain productive relationships with organizations in other nations, disciplines, and areas of media study; to foster dialogue between media industries and scholars; and to promote the preservation of our film, television, and media heritage.
  • Society for Technical Communication (STC) STC is the world’s largest and oldest professional association dedicated to the advancement of technical communication as the discipline of transforming complex information into usable content for products, processes, and services. STC serves its members by identifying and promoting best practices in the field and by demonstrating the economic value delivered by technical communicators by focusing on these areas: 1) offer continuing education that enhances the competencies and skills of our members and enables lifelong learning; 2) foster the means and opportunity for technical communication professionals to succeed in today’s workforce and to grow into related career fields; 3) define and publicize the economic contribution of technical communication practices to businesses and governments; promote the concept that technical communication training develops foundational skills and fosters in practitioners habits of analysis, discernment, and problem-solving that underpins their ability to successfully perform in many fields; and 5) manage the operations of the Society in a sound and sustainable manner, investing strategically to enhance our ability to deliver member value.
  • Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) SPJ is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities. It is the mission of the Society of Professional Journalists: to promote this flow of information; to maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press; to stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism; to foster excellence among journalists; to inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists; to encourage diversity in journalism; to be the pre-eminent, broad-based membership organization for journalists; and to encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely.
  • Student Press Law Center (SPLC) Since 1974, the SPLC has been the nation's only legal assistance agency devoted exclusively to educating high school and college journalists about the rights and responsibilities embodied in the First Amendment, and supporting the student news media in covering important issues free from censorship. The SPLC provides free legal advice and information as well as low-cost educational materials for student journalists on a wide variety of topics. SPLC is an advocate for student First Amendment rights, for freedom of online speech, and for open government on campus.
  • University Film & Video Association (UFVA) UFVA is an organization of professors, scholars, and film and video makers.The organization is based in the U.S.; it has members throughout the world. UFVA is an international organization where media production and writing meet history, theory and criticism. The UFVA members are image-makers and artists, teachers and students, archivists and distributors, college departments, libraries, and manufacturers. UFVA holds an annual conference and publishes the Journal of Film and Video, a periodical featuring articles on film and video production, history, theory, criticism, and aesthetics. The UFVA is one of the principal U.S. academic organizations for studying media.

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