Dr. Kyser Lough

Assistant Professor, Journalism

About: Dr. Lough teaches undergraduate photography and graphic courses. His primary research focus is visual communication and solutions journalism, with an emphasis on photojournalism.

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Ph.D., Journalism, The University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Mass Communication, Murray State University
B.A., Public Relations, Murray State University

Research Interests and Activities

Dr. Lough researches visual communication and solutions journalism. Broadly, he hopes to advance the field of visual journalism by incorporating it into professional, academic and pedagogical spaces through his teaching and research.

He uses both qualitative and quantitative inquiry to explore questions of power, access and boundaries. Within visual communication, he studies how news images are made, selected and interpreted, as well as the photographers themselves in how they define and operate within their field as they fight for legitimacy and job security.

His solutions journalism work investigates how it is conceptualized/created, audience effects and the interplay of words and images. Solution-oriented journalism, a growing field of interest within journalism studies, highlights social progress in a community, which often doesn’t get the same amount of attention as conflict.

Dr. Lough has presented his research at both national and regional AEJMC conferences, as well as at ICA and specialty conferences. His research is published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journalism, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Practice, Visual Communication Quarterly, Digital Journalism and The Agenda Setting Journal.

Teaching Specialties

Dr. Lough’s teaching specialties include visual communication, specifically photojournalism, graphic design and visual method/theory, as well as general newswriting and related journalism courses.


Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Dr. Lough spent 10 years as a photojournalist, reporter and public relations practitioner. His work has appeared for the Associated Press and NCAA and in the Austin American-Statesman, Lexington Herald-Leader, Louisville Courier-Journal, Murray Ledger & Times and American Hunter Magazine among others. He continues to freelance as a photographer in Athens and specializes in concert and sports photography.

Awards and Fellowships

  • Selected participant, Solutions Journalism Educators Academy, 2019
  • Graduate School Summer Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 2019
  • Jesse H. Jones Fellowship, Moody College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin, 2018
  • Inclusive Classrooms Leadership Certificate Seminar, 2018
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