DMRC academic wins international book of the year award

The National Communication Association’s Visual Communication Division announced on Wednesday (2 September) that QUT communication academic Dr T.J. Thomson, SFHEA, is the recipient of the Association’s Diane S Hope Book of the Year award for his research monograph, To See and Be Seen: The Environments, Interactions, and Identities Behind News Images (published in 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield International).

Thomson, a lecturer in visual media and communication at the top-ranked QUT School of Communication and a chief investigator at its Digital Media Research Centre, is the sixth winner of the annual award and the first from an institution beyond North America. The prize was established in 2015 to honour the memory of Dr Diane S Hope, professor emerita at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and to recognise excellence in visual communication research.

NCA reviewers called the book ‘a signature achievement in understanding the process of media production and the ethics of photojournalism’ and commended Thomson’s approach and the thoroughness of his research. 

‘QUT is a powerhouse in communication research and I’m incredibly pleased the work of our researchers continues to be recognised at an international level,” Thomson said. ‘Our research culture here is sterling, supportive, and collegial, and I’m so blessed to work alongside such talented and generous colleagues’.

The results of Thomson’s research from To See and Be Seen have been distributed in Poynter, The Conversation, the American Society of Media Photographers, the National Press Photographers Association, and the American Press Institute, among others. The book’s preface and opening chapter have been translated into Mandarin and are available here

Readers can get 30 percent off Thomson’s book through 31 December, 2020, by using discount code RLINEW19 when checking out.

The QUT School of Communication and its Digital Media Research Centre are ranked first in Australia and 16th globally for media and communication studies, according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings. The School and its Centre are both affiliated with the Creative Industries Faculty, a world leader in arts, media and design teaching and research, with extensive industry partnerships and a proven track record in growing the creative economy.

The National Communication Association, headquartered in Washington, DC, USA, was founded in 1914 and stylizes itself as the preeminent scholarly society devoted to the study and teaching of communication. It boasts more than 6,500 members who are dedicated to ‘all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication’.