Dorji Wangchuk, a PhD student from the Department of Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau (UM), recently received the Top Student Paper Award at the 103rd Annual Convention of the National Communication Association (NCA) held in Dallas, Texas, United States. The award was conferred by the Religious Communication Association (RCA), an affiliate organisation of the NCA.

The award-winning paper, titled ‘Buddhism and its Influence on Communication in Bhutan: Search for the Middle Path in the Age of Social Media’, explores the influence of Buddhism in communication behaviours in the Kingdom of Bhutan. The paper has been recognised for its ‘contribution to the study of religious communication’ by the association.

The Religious Communication Association (RCA) is an academic society founded in 1973 for scholars, teachers, students, clergy, journalists, and others who share an interest in religious speech, rhetoric, media, and performance. The National Communication Association was founded in 1915 with a mission to advance communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communications through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. Its 103rd annual convention attracted about 4,000 scholars, researchers, and educators from around the globe.