The Eastern Communication Association (ECA) is a professional organization of scholars, teachers, and students of Communication Studies. The ECA was initially established in 1910 and continues as the oldest professional communication association in the United States.

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107th Annual ECA Convention


Baltimore, Maryland
March 31st – April 3rd, 2016

I just want to thank everyone for a wonderful ECA Convention in Baltimore, MD, this year. We had a total of 865 attendees. Overall, I think everyone had a great time and the Hyatt Regency at the Inner Harbor was a great place for a convention once again. From light shows to nightly concerts (some that could be heard in many rooms in the Hyatt until 11PM), Light Up Baltimore provided a beautiful backdrop for our convention. Every night in the Inner Harbor was swamped by Baltimore Residents and tourists alike to see the lights, concerts, side-shows, and other artistic displays.

Over the course of this year, we are continuing to look at ways to improve our association. A number of task forces are going to be working diligently to find ways to improve our association. I’m already grateful to everyone who has volunteered to help on one of these task forces, and we’ll have information for the membership by next year’s ECA convention in Boston.

Furthermore, we are starting the ECA Newsletter again, and hope to have the first issue published at some point this summer. Our goal for the newsletter is to be both informative and provide a space for real content that the membership can use. In the first issue of the newsletter, we are publishing James W. Chesebro’s Key Note Address from this year’s convention. I want to thank Rod Carveth for taking on the first issue of the newsletter for us this summer.

Overall, I am thankful to everyone who attended this year’s convention in Baltimore. Now that my [R]evolution is over, it’s time to start thinking about “Freedom to, Freedom from” in Boston.

Jason S. Wrench
ECA President

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