T.J. Thomson

Dr TJ Thomson MAIATSIS AFHEA (Indigenous) FQA SFHEA is a senior lecturer in visual communication and digital media at RMIT and an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2023-26).

T.J.’s research is united by its focus on visual communication. A majority of his research centres on the visual aspects of news and journalism and on the concerns and processes relevant to those who make, edit, and present visual news. He has broader interests in digital media, journalism studies, and visual culture and often focuses on under-represented identities, attributes, and environments in his research. T.J. is committed to not only studying visual communication phenomena but also working to increase the visibility, innovation, and quality of how research findings are presented, accessed, and understood. You can view his Google Scholar profile here.

He has obtained more than $1.32 million in external research funding from a number of organisations, including the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Australian Research Council, the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist, the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, and the International Visual Literacy Association.

T.J. undertakes research, postgraduate supervision, and media commentary in the following areas:

  • Visual communication
  • Visual journalism
  • Media production
  • Visual culture
  • Journalism studies


Exploring and bolstering the quality of local visual news

This project explores how local visual news in regional and rural parts of Australia is made and sourced, identifies community members’ expectations of local visual news, and brings together journalists...