T.J. Thomson

  • Research Area: Visual Communication; Media Production and Psychology.
  • Entered Doctoral Program: 2015
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As a visual communication scholar within the multidisciplinary institution of communication, T.J. THOMSON focuses primarily on the visual aspects of mediated communication systems, such as journalism and social media, and the sense-making practices of actors within them. Relationships, such as those between imager and imaged, intrigue him as do self-representations in networked media contexts. To study these empirical questions, he draws on scholarship from social psychology, sociology, and visual studies through primarily qualitative approaches. He has been published in Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, and Visual Communication Quarterly, among others.

Refereed Publications

  • Thomson, T.J. (In press). The evolution of story: How time and modality affect visual and verbal narratives. Visual Communication Quarterly.
  • Thomson, T.J. and Greenwood, K. (2018). I “Like” That: Exploring the Characteristics That Promote Social Media Engagement with News Photographs. Visual Communication Quarterly.
  • Thomson, T.J. (2018). From the closet to the beach: A photographer’s view of gay life on Fire Island from 1975-83. Visual Communication Quarterly.
  • Thomson, T.J., Perreault, G., and Duffy, M. (2017). Politicians, Photographers, and a Pope: How state-controlled and independent media covered Francis’s 2015 Cuba visit. Journalism Studies. doi:10.1080/1461670X.2016.1268929
  • Thomson, T.J. (2016). Black, White, and a Whole Lot of Gray: How White Photojournalists Covered Race During the 2015 Protests at Mizzou. Visual Communication Quarterly, 23(4), 223-233. doi:10.1080/15551393.2016.1230473
  • Thomson, T.J. (2016). Freelance Photojournalists and Photo Editors: Learning and adapting in a (mostly faceless) virtual world. Journalism Studies, 1-21. doi:10.1080/1461670X.2016.1215851
  • Thomson, T.J., and Greenwood, K. (2016). Beyond Framing. Journalism Practice, 1-20. doi:10.1080/17512786.2016.1152908.

Presentations

  • Thomson, T.J. (2018). Mapping the emotional labor and work of visual journalism. Paper presented at the International Communication Association’s 68th Annual Conference, “Voices,” in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Thomson, T.J. (2017). The evolution of story: How time and modality affect visual and verbal narratives. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago.
  • Thomson, T.J. and Greenwood, K. (2017). Parsing photography’s place in a privately public world. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago.
  • Greenwood, K., and Thomson, T. J. (2016). Framing the Migration: A study of news photographs of people fleeing war and persecution. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Minneapolis.
  • Thomson, T. J., Perreault, G., and Duffy, M. (2016). Politicians, photographers, and a pope: How state-controlled and independent media covered Francis’s 2015 Cuba visit. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Minneapolis.
  • Thomson, T. (2016). “Black, White, and a Whole Lot of Gray: How White Photojournalists and Black Subjects Perceive Media Representations of Race.” Paper presented at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Engendering Change Conference, Chicago.
  • Thomson, T. (2015). “Enhancing sports coverage through visual communication.” Presented at the Missouri Press Foundation, Columbia, MO.
  • Rahman, S. and Thomson, T. (2015). “College Students’ Use of Social Media and Their Participation in the 2012 Election.” Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh.

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