...Wayne Wanta is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri and the executive director of the university's Center for the Digital Globe, a teaching and research center that includes faculty from the journalism, law, business and human and environmental sciences programs.He
has taught a variety of classes, ranging from graduate courses in mass communication theory and research methods to undergraduate courses in reporting, newspaper editing and news design.With AEJMC, Wanta has served as the head of the Communication Theory and Methodology Division and was twice elected to the Standing Committee for Teaching Standards, twice serving as its chair.While a member of the Teaching Standards Committee, Wanta actively worked to create a more collegial relationship between the standing committees and the Council of Divisions.
Besides CT&M, Wanta
has been involved with the Newspaper, Visual Communication and Mass Communication and Society divisions and has presented 29 papers at AEJMC conventions
in 10 different divisions.In 1995, Wanta
was awarded the Krieghbaum Under-40 Award from AEJMC
.Wanta has been an active researcher in political communication and media effects.
Much of his
research examines the agenda-setting function of the news media.Wanta also has conducted research in visual communication, sports journalism, Internet use and effects, and political advertising.
research accomplishments are one scholarly book, seven book chapters, more than 40 journal articles and more than 60 conference papers.Wanta
has co-authored articles and papers with 60 different co-authors.He currently serves on the editorial board for six academic journals, including four affiliated with AEJMC: Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication and Society, Newspaper Research Journal and Visual Communication Quarterly.He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas.He also holds a master's degree from the University of Texas and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin.Before entering the academic field, Wanta worked for eight years at several newspapers, including the Dallas Times Herald, Austin American-Statesman, Albuquerque Journal, Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier, and Wisconsin State Journal.During his newspaper career, Wanta worked as a copy editor, page designer and feature writer.Before joining the Missouri faculty, Wanta taught at the University of Florida, the University of Oregon and Southern Illinois University.
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