Dr T.J. Thomson

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    PhD (University of Missouri), M.A. (University of Missouri), B.A., Chadron State College (hons)


    T.J. Thomson is a lecturer in digital journalism at QUT and a member of the 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 been published in Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, and Visual Communication Quarterly, among others.

    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.

    His supervisory research interests include visual communication, especially in mediated or networked contexts, such as journalism and social media; visual literacy; visual sociology; visual self-representation; image culture; and photography.