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Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication & Media, Queensland University of Technology

Dr T.J. Thomson MAIATSIS SFHEA AFHEA (Indigenous) MQA is a senior lecturer in visual communication and media and a chief investigator at the QUT Digital Media Research Centre. He recently published “To See and Be Seen: The Environments, Interactions, and Identities Behind News Images” (winner of the NCA 2020 Diane S. Hope Book of the Year Award) and is the 2019 Anne Dunn Scholar of the Year (jointly bestowed by the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia and the Australia and New Zealand Communication Association). He sits on the editorial board of the journal Visual Communication Quarterly and has, since 2017, also served as its associate editor.

T.J.’s research focuses on how visual journalism is produced—by whom, in what environments, through which processes, and with what results. He also examines visual self-representation on social media and everyday image making. His approach is based on a combination of ethnography (both physical and virtual), interviews, textual analysis, and digital media methods.


  • 2020–present
    Senior Lecturer, Visual Communication & Media
  • 2018–2020
    Lecturer, Visual Communication & Media


  • 2018 
    University of Missouri, Ph.D.
  • 2017 
    University of Missouri, Graduate Certificate
  • 2015 
    University of Missouri, M.A.
  • 2013 
    Chadron State College, B.A.