Communication Studies

  • 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.
  • American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) ASHR's purpose is to foster the study of rhetoric in all historical periods in American as well as other cultures. ASHR’s goal is to promote the study of both the theory and practice of rhetoric in all periods and languages and its relationship with poetics, politics, religion, law, and other cultural influences.
  • Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) AAJA, founded in 1981, to encourage more Asian American and Pacific Islanders to pursue journalism. AAJA's mission is four-fold: 1) to provide a means of association and support among AAPI journalists; 2) to provide encouragement, information, advice and scholarship assistance to AAPI students who aspire to professional journalism careers; 3) to provide the AAPI community an awareness of news media; 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 issues.
  • Association for Business Communication (ABC) ABC is an international, interdisciplinary organization committed to advancing business communication research, education, and practice. ABC’s goals are to strengthen the discipline of business communication, manage and expand the community: excellence in business communication research, pedagogy, and practice, and bolster ABC’s connections with workplace professionals.
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) AEJMC is an 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, and to defend and maintain freedom of communication.
  • Association for Women in Communications (AWC) AWC is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines. AWC is guided by the following principles: to promote the advancement of women in all fields of communications, to work for the First Amendment rights and responsibilities of communicators, and to recognize distinguished professional standards throughout the communications industry.
  • Association of LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA) NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members.
  • Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) AMIA is dedicated to the preservation and use of moving image media. AMIA supports public and professional education and fosters cooperation and communication among the individuals and organizations concerned with the acquisition, preservation, description, exhibition, and use of moving image materials.
  • 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.
  • Central States Communication Association (CSCA) CSCA is an academic organization of communication professionals including college and university professors, students, and K-12 educators. The mission of CSCA is to unite and educate people with both an affinity to the central region of the United States and a scholarly interest in all areas of communication for promotion of their mutual goals and advancement of their field.
  • College Media Association (CMA) CMA, founded in 1954, serves student media pros, staffs and programs with education, research and resources. 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.
  • Eastern Communication Association (ECA) ECA, established in 1910, is an organization with a history of achievement in research, criticism, communication theory, and excellence in teaching, the association welcomes members who share the goals and objectives of a membership dedicated to participation in state, regional, and national activity. The purpose of ECA is to promote the study, criticism, research, teaching and application of the artistic, humanistic and scientific principles of communication.
  • 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.
  • French Association for Research on the History of Cinema (AFRHC) AFRHC brings together French specialists in the history of cinema, as well as a number of foreign researchers. AFRHC's purpose is not only to bring together historians working on the cinema, and to constitute a permanent forum for debate and publicizing new research in the field, but also for all those who are interested in the history of cinema.
  • Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communications Management Global Alliance's mission is to unify the public relations profession, raise professional standards all over the world, share knowledge for the benefit of its members and be the global voice for public relations in the public interest. Global Alliance relies on the efforts of communication professionals to tackle common problems with a global perspective.
  • International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) IAMCR is a professional organisation in the field of media and communication research. IAMCR members promote global inclusiveness and excellence within the best traditions of critical scholarship in the field. IAMCR aims to support and develop media and communication research throughout the world.
  • International Communication Association (ICA) ICA is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. ICA's purposes are to advance the scholarly study of human and mediated communication and to facilitate the implementation of such study so as to be of maximum benefit to humankind.
  • International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT/IFTA) FIAT/IFTA’s main objectives are to provide a forum for exchange of knowledge and experience between its members, to promote the study of any topic relevant to the development and valorisation of audiovisual archives and to establish international standards on key issues regarding all aspects of audiovisual media management.
  • International Public Relations Association (IPRA) IPRA's objective is to raise standards of public relations practice worldwide and improve the quality of PR practitioners. IPRA constitutes the most genuinely international grouping of public relations practitioners worldwide, active not only in promoting exchange of information and co-operation in every sector of the profession, but also in building a programme of professional development opportunities and other initiatives aimed at enhancing the role of public relations in management and international affairs.
  • International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR) The purpose of ISHR is to promote the study of both the theory and practice of rhetoric in all periods and languages and the relationship of rhetoric to poetics, literary theory and criticism, philosophy, politics, religion, law, and other aspects of the cultural context.
  • 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.
  • Journalism Education Association (JEA) JEA supports free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, by promoting professionalism, by encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement, and by fostering an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity. JEA exists to protect and enhance scholastic journalism education. JEA's core values include pedagogy, advocacy, innovation, community and excellence.
  • National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) NABJ is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. NABJ holds an annual convention and career fair each summer with dozens of plenary sessions and workshops for professional development.
  • National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) NAB is the voice for the nation's radio and television 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.
  • National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) Established in 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists. NAHJ’s goals are: 1) to organize and provide support for Hispanic Journalists; 2) to encourage and support the study and practices of journalism and communications by Hispanics; 3) to promote accurate and fair treatment of Hispanics by the news media; 4) to further employment opportunities and career development for Hispanics in the news media; and 5) to foster greater understanding of the unique cultural identity, interests and concerns of Hispanic Journalists.
  • 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. 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.
  • National School of Public Relations Association (NSPRA) NSPRA's mission is to advance education through responsible public relations and communication that leads to success for all students. NSPRA accomplishes that mission by developing and providing a variety of diverse products, services and professional development activities to members as well as to other education leaders interested in improving their communication efforts.
  • National Speakers Association (NSA) NSA is the leading source for community, education and entrepreneurial business knowledge needed to be successful in the speaking profession. NSA has the comprehensive resources, cutting-edge tools, insightful education and productive events that speakers need to develop their brands and grow their businesses.
  • National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) NSDA connects, supports, and inspires a diverse community committed to empowering students through competitive speech and debate. NSDA provides educational resources, competitive opportunities, and expertise necessary to foster communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative skills.
  • Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) NAJA's primary goal is to develop and improve communications among Native people and between Native Americans and the general public. NAJA will provide unified organizational strength and a code of ethics for Native American journalists, thereby assuring their ability to perform objective services and minimizing any infringement on their journalistic freedom.
  • Professional Speechwriters Association (PSA) PSA strives to help leadership communications become better defined and make committed practitioners easy to find. PSA offers its members training, recognition, connection and purchasing power.
  • Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) PRSA's mission is 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 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; encouraging diversity in news organizations; assessing the impact of technological change; fostering exchanges of ideas and perspectives; and supporting U.S. First Amendment rights.
  • Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) RSA represents a large and growing community of scholars, teachers and students interested in the study of rhetoric. The purposes of RSA are to gather and disseminate current knowledge of rhetoric, to identify new areas within the subject of rhetoric in which research is especially needed, and to stimulate such research, to facilitate professional cooperation and organize meetings for members, and to sponsor publication of materials dealing with rhetoric.
  • Rhetoric Society of Europe (RSE) RSE is for European researchers and teachers working on the art of rhetoric. The purpose of RSE is to promote and advance the research, study and teaching of rhetoric in Europe, and to facilitate professional cooperation between its members. RSE provides a forum where researchers and others involved in rhetorical research and teaching can meet and exchange ideas, information and documentation about their work.
  • Society for Cinema & Media Studies (SCMS) SCMS is 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 News Design (SND) SND is an international organization for news media professionals and visual communicators – specifically those who create print/web/mobile publications and products. The mission of SND is to enhance communication around the world through excellence in visual journalism.
  • Society for Technical Communication (STC) STC is 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.
  • Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) The purposes of SMPTE, are to foster, carry on and advance the motion-picture, television and allied arts and sciences; to gather, receive, prepare and disseminate scientific information; to provide for and to encourage the delivery and holding of lectures, exhibitions, classes and conferences; to promote and further the interests of the general public in the engineering, technical and safety aspects; and to advance the scientific aims and purposes of the SMPTE Membership.
  • Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) SPJ is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. SPJ's mission: to promote this flow of information; to maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees; to stimulate high standards and ethical behavior; 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.
  • South Asian Journalists Associations (SAJA) SAJA serves as a network for education, inspiration and training South-Asian journalists in America and those covering South Asia and South Asian diaspora. SAJA serves as a networking and resource forum for journalists and its mission includes acting as a resource to promote accurate coverage of South Asia and the diaspora.
  • Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) SSCA's purpose is to promote the study, criticism, research, teaching, and application of the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication. SSCA publishes the Southern Communication Journal that contains original scholarship that makes significant contributions to understanding the processes and consequences of human communication.
  • Student Press Law Center (SPLC) 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. 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.
  • Western States Communication Association (WSCA) WSCA is an association of scholars, teachers, and students of communication. WSCA's purpose is to unite those persons of the Western States who have an academic, lay, or professional interest in communication and who want to promote their mutual educational interests.

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Media and Communication Studies (Posted 07/22/18)
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Denver, CO

Media and Communication Studies (Posted 07/19/18)
The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
Kingston, Jamaica

Media and Communication Studies (Posted 07/19/18)
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

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