Media Advocacy Organizations

Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media

Founded by Academy Award®-winning actor and advocate Geena Davis, the Institute is the only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need to dramatically improve gender balance, reduce stereotyping and create diverse female characters in entertainment targeting children 11 and under.

Women in Film Los Angeles

Women In Film is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting diversity in the media arts, dedicated to helping women achieve their highest potential within the global entertainment, communications and media industries and to preserving the legacy of women within those industries.


GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBT acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.

National Association for Media Literacy Education

The National Association for Media Literacy Education is dedicated to media literacy as a basic 21st Century life skill.​

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos, working towards a media that is fair and inclusive of Latinos, and towards universal, affordable, and open access to communications.


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Public Relations Society of America LA Chapter

Offers networking events for public relations professionals and students.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)

Promotes recognition and advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. It offers internships, networking, scholarships and other opportunities for journalism students.

Asian American Journalists Association LA Chapter

Supports Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists and provides encouragement, information, advice and scholarship assistance to Asian American and Pacific Islander students who aspire to professional journalism careers.

National Association of Black Journalists

Provides networking, scholarships, internships, training, and other resources.

Association of Women in Sports Media

Promotes the advancement and growth of women – both student and professional – in sports media.

Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles

Provides networking, critiques and awards to professional and student photographers and photojournalists.

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association-Los Angeles (NLGJA-LA)

Committed to fostering fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. The LA chapter focuses on professional and student development. It offers mixers, panel discussions and other events.

Society of Professional Journalists – Los Angeles

Hosts networking mixers, advocates for government openness, provides scholarships for journalism students.

Los Angeles Press Club

Dedicated to the nourishment and recognition of talent, as well as working to preserve the right to a free press.

Online News Association – Los Angeles

Committed to providing a community for online journalists, and to promoting fairness in online journalism. Offers networking events, training and internships.

Communication Studies

The National Communication Association

The National Communication Association advances Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching.

The National Parliamentary Debate Association

The National Parliamentary Debate Association is the largest national intercollegiate debate organization in the United States, with between 200-250 schools attending at least one tournament during the course of the year. The NPDA is about encouraging extemporaneous two-on-two debate. The styles of debate vary across the country, from traditional public-centered debate to more policy-oriented debate. We believe that no matter where a debate occurs, students need to be prepared to debate about a variety of topics. We also believe that parliamentary debate fosters more knowledgeable and engaged citizens.

Broadcasting and New Media


Launched in 2006, MediaShift has become the premier destination for insight and analysis at the intersection of media and technology. MediaShift correspondents explain how traditional media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, music and movies are dealing with digital disruption and adapting their business models for a more mobile, networked world.

National Association of Broadcasters

NAB is the chief advocate of America's broadcasters in our nation's capital, ensuring policymakers are informed on the issues that impact the broadcasting industry.

News for TV Majors

Twitter: @N4TVM

This site is intended to keep TV Studies students (and anyone else who's interested in TV) informed about the latest news, reviews, and views about television.


California Film Commission

‘We have a vast array of tools and resources to help you navigate all sorts of production issues, from work permits to on-set safety. You can find links and contact info for relevant government agencies, industry associations, guilds/unions, production directories, entertainment job listings and more. We even have charts for weather, sunrise/sunset times and the 30-mile studio zone.’

Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)

SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.

Writers Guild of America - West

‘We are the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW), a labor union composed of the thousands of writers who write the content for television shows, movies, news programs, documentaries, animation, and Internet and mobile phones (new media) that keep audiences constantly entertained and informed.’

The American Film Institute

The American Film Institute is America's promise to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. As a nonprofit educational arts organization, AFI provides leadership in film and television and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.

Film Independent

‘We help filmmakers make their movies, build an audience for their projects and work to diversify the film industry. With over 250 annual screenings and events, we provide access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry.’

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA)

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and film goers with a constant surge of monthly screening events. NFMLA provides a forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their projects and connect with industry professionals for insight on distribution, production, acquisition and representation.

Santa Monica International Film Festival

SMFF is a global celebration of independent cinema. Santa Monica International Film Festival (SMFF) is an independent film festival held annually in downtown Santa Monica. SMFF screens new, innovative and compelling feature films, short films and documentary films in competition.

PAN AFRICAN Film & Arts Festival

Established in 1992, The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit 501(c)(b) corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding among peoples of African descent. Since 1992, every year PAFF-LA showcases over one hundred fifty (150) quality new films and over one hundred (100) fine artists and unique craft persons from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, South America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada, all showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent.


Founded by UCLA students in 1982, OUTFEST is the leading organization that promotes LGBT equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. Over the past three decades, OUTFEST has showcased thousands of films from around the world, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers and protected more than 20,000 LGBT films and videos.

The American Indian Film Institute

The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) fosters understanding of the culture, traditions and contemporary issues of Native Americans. The first American Indian Film Festival, presented in 1975 in Seattle was relocated in 1977 to San Francisco, where it found its permanent home. Today AIFI is the major Native American media and cultural art presenter in California and its Festival is the world's oldest and best known exposition dedicated to Native Americans in cinema.


‘We are an independent film distribution and resource collective comprised of arts advocacy organizations, maverick volunteers, and rebel member donors worldwide.’