Creative Industries


11 July 2019

QUT School of Communication lecturer Dr T.J. Thomson has won an international award for excellence in research in fields of communication and journalism. 

The Australian and New Zealand Communication Association and Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia jointly announced on Friday 5 July that QUT academic Dr T.J. Thomson, FHEA, is the recipient of the 2019 Anne Dunn Scholar of the Year Award.

Thomson, a lecturer in visual media at the top-ranked QUT School of Communication, is the sixth winner of the annual award and the first from a Queensland institution. The $3,000 prize was established in 2014 to honour the memory of broadcaster, journalism educator, and media scholar Anne Dunn and to recognise excellence in communication research.

In preparing his application, Thomson noted, “In this age where billions of images are made each day and where manipulations both indirect and direct are increasingly possible, issues of provenance, production, and intent are more critical than ever and deserve further attention and systematic study.”

His past research, including a forthcoming book “To See and Be Seen: The Environments, Interactions, and Identities Behind News Images” (to be published in November 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield), attempts to address these issues.

“The research culture at QUT is exceptional,” Thomson said.

“From mentors to research training and support to regular workshops and symposia, the School’s leadership team excels at empowering people to do their best.”

JERAA President, Dr Alex Wake, senior lecturer at RMIT, called winning the award a “wonderful achievement” while ANZCA President, Dr Mary Simpson, senior lecturer at the University of Waikato, praised Thomson’s body of work for its high-quality research outputs coupled with an excellent case for impact and relevance.

The QUT School of Communication and its Digital Media Research Centre are ranked first in Australia and 16th globally for media and communication studies, according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings.

The School and its Centre are housed in the Creative Industries Faculty, a world leader in arts, media and design teaching and research, with extensive industry partnerships and a proven track record in growing the creative economy.

JERAA was founded in 1985 and exists to bolster journalism education, research, and connections between academics and industry. ANZCA was founded in 1980 and encourages and promotes scholarship in the broad field of communication teaching and research and supports vital forums for communicating research.


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