As a communication scholar in Nigeria, you need friendship and collaborations with fellow scholars across the world to excel in your field and acquire global experience relevant to this discipline. One sure way to achieve this goal is by joining international communication bodies, groups, or associations where you can exchange views and research experiences with other communication scholars from different parts of the world. Membership of such associations help boost your professional network.
For Mass Communication students in Nigeria, networking with others in your field before you graduate provides countless benefits beyond future referrals, among which are: Support and advice from peers and mentors, Discovery opportunities for new careers, Resources for how to be more successful in your career, including access to events, and Increase in leadership and communication skills and growth in confidence. Graduates of mass communication in Nigeria also need to be members of national and international communication associations to build connections, sharpen your professional communication skills and stand out among the job seekers.
Finding the right international professional association in the communication discipline to join could be challenging. You might search for and join specific international bodies in your area of specialization but there are associations that bring several areas of specialization under one umbrella, though with sub-divisions. As a communication scholar in Nigeria who wants to excel in the area of scholarship and research it is always good to join international communication organizations to improve your visibility and widen your knowledge base. Here’s a list of top 10 international communication associations popular among Nigerian communication graduates and scholars.
The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) is a major international membership organization for academic in the field, offering regional and national conferences and refereed publications. It has numerous membership divisions, interest groups, publications and websites. Click here for more info.
The International Communication Association (ICA) is the premier academic association for scholars engaged in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication internationally. Members gain immediate access to a full array of benefits. Click here for more.
The Public Relations Society of America is the world’s largest organization of public relations professionals. The society includes programs highlighting professional development and has more than 22,000 members, as well as 10,000 university members in the Public Relations Student Society of America. You can become a member from any part of the world. Click here for more info.
The International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) is a professional nexus of practitioners, teachers, scholars, students, artists and organizations engaged in research and action to find more ethical and effective ways to communicate about environmental concerns in order to move society towards sustainability. Click here for more info.
The International Association for Media and Communication Research – IAMCR – is the preeminent worldwide professional organisation in the field of media and communication research. Its members promote global inclusiveness and excellence within the best traditions of critical scholarship in the field. The IAMCR aims to support and develop media and communication research throughout the world. It particularly encourages the participation of emerging scholars, women and those from economically disadvantaged regions. Click here for more info.
The Social Media Association (SMA) brings together the media community both online and offline. It helps members navigate the evolution of this dynamic form of communication. Events and a regularly updated blog with social media news always give members something new to discover. Click here for more on this association.
American Communication Associations (ACA) is committed to enabling the effective use of new and evolving technologies to facilitate communication instruction, research and criticism, and to offering a technologically supportive venue for all who study the ways in which humans communicate. While the Association is based in the United States, it is a virtual organization that welcomes participation from academics and professionals throughout the world. For the technologically-minded looking to increase their agility in a world dominated by digital communication, the ACA welcomes global members into the group to learn more about how evolving technologies can aid communication. Click here for more info.
The Association for Women in Communication (AWC) is the premier organization for empowering women with strength, support, and tools for taking their career to greater heights and becoming change agents in the industry. It is for women passionate for communication, driven towards greatness and motivated to lead. The AWC is a strong network of communicators in a broad range of disciplines across the globe. This is network for women professionals who work in communications is open to all disciplines. The association also offers scholarships and support for educational research and publications, as well as provides a forum for members to learn from and interact with communications leaders.
World Communication Association (WCA) members are professionals around the world who are interested in the study, teaching and/or practice of communication. They are teachers in formal schools and colleges, informal groups, associations and institutes. The WCA is dedicated to the improvement of communication and membership emphasizes and personfies common interests among all people and across all national and cultural boundaries. It is a worldwide communication association with international and intercultural emphasis. Click here for more info.
The Global Communication Association (GCA) was established in 2007. Its objectives are the promotion of academic research in global communication studies among major universities worldwide; facilitation of joint project and research opportunities among scholars and students. More importantly, GCA provides an eclectic international platform for corporate executives, communication specialists, policy makers, academicians, bureaucrats, political leaders, public relations practitioners and co-related industry professionals to meet, interact and generate new ideas for growth. Click here for more info.