Kyser Lough

PhD Student

Kyser Lough is a Ph.D. student in Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and a Population Health Scholar at The University of Texas System. His main research interests are visual communication and solutions journalism.

As a principle, he tries to incorporate visuals into nearly everything he can. 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. His solutions journalism work investigates audience effects, how it is conceptualized/created and the interplay of words and images.

His research has been presented at both national and regional Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conferences, as well as at the International Communication Association conference and in Brussels, Belgium at the Constructed/Constructive Journalism Conference.

Prior to coming to UT, he 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 and American Hunter Magazine among others.

He taught graphic design and photography as an adjunct lecturer for two years at Murray State University in Murray, Ky., including leading a digital storytelling study abroad program to Italy and Greece. He also served as the interim adviser and then assistant adviser for the campus student newspaper, The Murray State News. As a teaching assistant at UT, he has taught both photography and digital storytelling courses.


Lough, K. (2018). A Gate in the Wall of Sound: Music photographers, access and the field. Journalism Practice.

Lough, K., Molyneux, L., & Holton, A. (2017). A clearer picture: Journalistic identity practices in words and images on Twitter. Journalism Practice.

Bock, M., Lough, K., & Fadnis, D. (2017). “Her” photographer: The Roanoke Live Shot Murders and Visual Communication’s Place in the Newsroom. Visual Communication Quarterly.

Kilgo, D., Lough, K., & Riedl, M. (2017). Emotional appeals and news values as factors of shareworthiness in Ice Bucket Challenge News Coverage. Digital Journalism.

Lough, K. & McIntyre, K. (Forthcoming). Visualizing the Solution: An analysis of the images that accompany solutions-oriented news stories. Journalism.

Lough, K. & McIntyre, K. (Forthcoming). Journalists’ perceptions of solutions journalism and its place in the field. Research Journal of the International Symposium on Online Journalism.

Lough, K. (Forthcoming). Intermedia visual agenda setting- Comparing wire service top photo distribution to what makes the front page. The Agenda Setting Journal.

McIntyre, K., Lough, K. & Manzanares, K. (Forthcoming). Solutions in the shadows: The effects of incongruent visual messaging in solutions journalism news stories. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.