Dr T.J. Thomson

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Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice,
School of Communication

Personal details


Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice,
School of Communication


visual communication, visual journalism, journalism, media production, self-representation, visual representation, visual depictions, image culture, visual literacy, visual sociology


Communication and Media Studies, Journalism and Professional Writing

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


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

Professional memberships and associations

  • Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Member, Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences (Australia)
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Fellow (Indigenous), Higher Education Academy
  • Life member, International Visual Literacy Association
  • Life member and officer, Visual Communication Studies Division, International Communication Association
  • Member and officer, Visual Communication Division, National Communication Association (USA)
  • Member, Visual Communication Studies Division, The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (USA)
  • Member, Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (Australia)


In the classroom, Dr. T.J. Thomson MAIATSIS AFHEA (Indigenous) MQA SFHEA has helped students explore and deepen their understandings of multimedia reporting, multimedia planning and design, visual editing, photography, interviewing, and the principles of journalism. He is the winner of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s 2021 Visual Communication Teaching Excellence award


Selected publications

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Research projects


Current supervisions

  • Designing Visual Mental Wellbeing Messages for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Young People
    PhD, Principal Supervisor