The MEA maintains affiliations with the below organizations. As such, it is in a position to showcase its members’ research in media ecology at the annual gatherings of those organizations. See MEA Elsewhere for more details.

In the case of the Urban Communication Research Foundation, they support our Urban Communication Student Research Grant.

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The National Communication Association

The National Communication Association (NCA) is a non-profit organization of approximately 7,100 educators, practitioners, and students who work and reside in every U.S. state and more than twenty foreign countries. NCA’s purpose is to promote study, criticism, research, teaching, and application of the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication.

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The Eastern Communication Association

The ECA was initially established in 1910 and continues as the oldest professional communication association in the United States. As a distinguished service-oriented 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.

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The International Communication Association

The International Communication Association (ICA) is an international association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human-mediated communication. ICA began more than 50 years ago as a small association of U.S. researchers and has matured into a truly international association with more than 3,500 members in 65 countries. It is dedicated to promoting research in communication worldwide, utilizing its journals, conferences, awards and fellowships, and network of professional relationships. It is also committed to bringing its findings and perspectives to bear on problems and issues in society. Its members actively contribute to public debate on topics relative to its mission, whether the forum be regulatory or legislative bodies or various media venues.

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The New York State Communication Association

The New York State Communication Association is an organization of faculty, students, and professionals in communication who are dedicated to studying, improving, and applying the principles and practices of communication to all walks of life. Special features of NYSCA include a subscription to the scholarly journal, The Atlantic Journal of Communication; a yearly convention of high-quality programming, including awards for outstanding student papers and the induction of outstanding researchers into the John F. Wilson scholars program; and a semi-annual newsletter. Membership is open to communication professionals from colleges/universities/community colleges, elementary and secondary schools, businesses, and industries, as well as graduate and undergraduate students.

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Urban Communication Foundation

The Urban Communication Foundation recognizes the worldwide radical growth of cities along with the changing channels of communication, the shifting designs of urban structures, and the growth of regulation and infrastructures governing the community and social interaction.

Communication is central to understanding the continuing global expansion of the urban landscape and requires the fusion of research that stresses the understanding of dynamic communication patterns, the humane design of public space, thoughtful architectural design, and the creation of regulatory processes both benevolent and realistic.

The mission of The Urban Communication Foundation is to:

  1. support through grants research that enhances society’s understanding of urban communication patterns;
  2. encourage through conferences and symposia collaboration between scholars, urban planners, and policymakers;
  3. promote through publications research strategies and
  4. recognize through awards and noteworthy scholarship that encourages and fuses urban practice and study.

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The Institute of General Semantics

The Institute of General Semantics provides support and training in the methods and applications of general semantics.

Headquartered in New York City, the Institute of General Semantics is a member-supported, not-for-profit corporation established by Alfred Korzybski in 1938. The Institute currently publishes the quarterly journal ETC: A Review of General Semantics, and it sponsors the prestigious Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture Series.

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