Personal details

Name
Dr T.J. Thomson
Position(s)
Lecturer
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Communication
Discipline *
Communication and Media Studies, Journalism and Professional Writing
Phone
+61 7 3138 5919
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

PhD, Journalism (University of Missouri), MA, Journalism (University of Missouri), Graduate Certificate, Qualitative Research (University of Missouri), BA, Communication Arts (Other)

Professional memberships
and associations
Keywords

visual communication, visual journalism, journalism, media production, self-representation, visual representation, visual depictions, image culture, visual literacy, visual sociology

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

T.J. Thomson, Ph.D., is a lecturer in digital journalism at QUT and a member at its Digital Media Research Centre.
His research focuses primarily on the visual aspects of mediated communication systems, such as journalism and social media, and the sense-making practices of actors within them. Relationships, such as those between imager and imaged, intrigue him as do self-representations in networked media contexts. To study these empirical questions, he draws on scholarship from social psychology, sociology, and visual studies through primarily qualitative approaches.
He has served as the associate editor of Visual Communication Quarterly since 2017 and is on the advisory board of the Society for Phenomenology and Media.

This information has been contributed by Dr T.J. Thomson.

Teaching

In the classroom, T.J. Thomson, Ph.D., has helped students explore and deepen their understandings of multimedia reporting, multimedia planning and design, visual editing, photography, interviewing, and the principles of journalism.

This information has been contributed by Dr T.J. Thomson.

Experience

T.J. Thomson, Ph.D., has experience with both journalistic and corporate communication. Before entering academia, he worked as a freelance visual journalist and designer for a number of news outlets and organizations, including The Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and the Omaha World-Herald. Corporate clients include QuickFire Networks, which was acquired by Facebook in 2015; Colorado Academy; and HotelTonight.

This information has been contributed by Dr T.J. Thomson.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2018
Details
Named associate editor of Visual Communication Quarterly - an international, peer-reviewed journal of theory, research, practical criticism, and creative work in all areas of visual communication - in 2017.
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Community
Reference year
2018
Details
Nominated in March 2018 by Society for Phenomenology and Media founder Paul Majkut and confirmed the following month by the organisation's board of directors to serve as an advisor for the Society and provide insight on strategic priorities and operations.
Type
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2018
Details
Visual Communication is a quarterly, peer-reviewed academic journal publishing top research in visual studies. It welcomes contributions from scholars in anthropology, sociology, cultural and media studies, among others.
Type
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2018
Details
Journalism Practice provides opportunities for reflective, critical and research-based studies focused on the professional practice of journalism. The emphasis on journalism practice does not imply any false or intellectually disabling disconnect between theory and practice, but simply an assertion that Journalism Practice¿s primary concern is to analyse and explore issues of practice and professional relevance. Journalism Practice is an intellectually rigorous journal with all contributions being refereed anonymously by acknowledged international experts in the field. An intellectually lively, but professionally experienced, Editorial Board with a wide-ranging experience of journalism practice advises and supports the Editor.
Type
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2018
Details
Visual Communication Quarterly (VCQ) is an international, peer-reviewed journal of theory, research, practical criticism, and creative work in all areas of visual communication.