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Lecturer, School of Communication

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

Dr. T.J. Thomson, FHEA, is an award-winning visual communication scholar and educator. His research focuses on visual media production, organization, representation, and meaning—in journalistic and digital media contexts—and has been published in top peer-reviewed journals including Journalism, Journalism Practice, and Journalism Studies.

He has taught and guest lectured on, among other topics, mobile multimedia, multimedia planning and design, visual editing, and context-specific photography. 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.

The Australian and New Zealand Communication Association and the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia recognised him in 2019 with the Anne Dunn Scholar of the Year Award for critical research of high academic standard and excellence in research about the fields of communication and journalism.

Professionally, Thomson has worked as the photo editor for an international wire service, produced visuals for The Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Omaha World-Herald, The Huffington Post, and has provided design production and consulting for dozens of companies and clients, including a California startup that was acquired in 2015 by Facebook.

His supervisory interests include: journalistic practice, photography, visual culture, self-representation, and visual sociology.

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Dr. T.J. Thomson, FHEA, 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.

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.
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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.
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