Dr T.J. Thomson was awarded the QUT Digital Media Research Centre Prize for Best Media and Communication Visualisation at the QUT Research in Focus competition ceremony on Thursday 27 October. Congratulations T.J!
Dr Thomson received the $500 prize for his image (above) titled Improving Coverage of Older people in Australian News. Dr Thomson’s competition entry noted that “when older people are represented in the news, journalists tend to depict them in stereotypical, shallow, or disempowering ways. Our team (consisting of Prof Evonne Miller, Prof Sarah Holland-Batt, A/Prof Jen Seevinck, and Dr Sarah Johnstone) reviewed more than 500 aged-care-related news stories and depictions from 2018-2021 across 13 Australian outlets and identified several trends about how journalists tend to cover ageing and older people. Disembodied shots of clasped hands dominated the sample and were accompanied by images of mobility aids (walkers, wheelchairs), silhouettes, and photos of old people from behind. In response to this, our team developed a set of nine considerations to help journalists report on this demographic in a more ethical way.”
DMRC Director, Prof Patrik Wikstrom, was on hand to present the award.
Read more about the 2022 QUT Research in Focus competition winners here.