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T.J. Thomson

T.J. Thomson

Lecturer in Digital Journalism & Professional Communication, Queensland University of Technology
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 is the author of 'To See and Be Seen: The Environments, Interactions and Identities Behind News Images' (published November 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield International).

Thomson 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.

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3.2 billion images and 720,000 hours of video are shared online daily. Can you sort real from fake?

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Twitter over the weekend tagged as manipulated a video showing US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden supposedly forgetting which state hes in, while addressing a crowd. Bidens hello Minnesota greeting contrasts...

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