Two UNL advertising and public relations professors took home two top awards in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication advertising division’s paper competition. The awards were presented at the association’s annual convention in Montreal this month.
“Teach Like They Build It: A User Experience Approach to Interactive Media in Advertising Education” by Adam Wagler earned the advertising division’s top teaching paper award.
Dane Kiambi won the International Communication Division’s Best Paper Award for Journalism Research for his paper, “Country Reputation Management: Developing a Scale for Measuring the Reputation of Four African Countries in the United States.” The academic journal Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies established the award in 2003 to promote research in global journalism, which enhances and enriches understanding of international news flow, news theory, media ethics, media education, gender and race, as well as specific topics such as the media and AIDS.
Wagler, an assistant professor, is a doctoral candidate at UNL in instructional technology with an emphasis in informal learning using emerging technologies.
Kiambi, an assistant professor, has a keen interest in the role and impact of public relations and strategic communications in fostering democracy, good governance, economic growth and healthy lifestyles, particularly in the developing world. He graduated with a doctorate from Texas Tech University in August 2013.