Students and colleagues of Northeastern University journalism professor Nicholas Daniloff are used to his hands-on style of teaching – whether it involves dressing up as philosopher Immanuel Kant for a lesson on mass media in a democratic society, or conducting a mock press conference in his ethics class.

A former foreign correspondent for United Press International and U.S. News & World Report, Daniloff brings into the classroom more than 30 years of experience as a working journalist.

“Nick Daniloff is of an era when being a journalist was not defined by having a verified Twitter account,” said John Guilfoil, a former student of Daniloff who is now deputy press secretary to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. “He comes from the age of journalism when it was a practiced art form, and he teaches it like a practiced art form.”

His work to prepare young journalists to lead news organizations into the future has earned Daniloff the New England Journalism Educator of the Year Award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA). He is the first member of the Northeastern School of Journalism to be presented with the award.