Imani M. Cheers

Imani M. Cheers
Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs
MPA 525B
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Areas of Expertise

Multimedia Production, International/Field Reporting, Photojournalism, Media Literacy Education

Dr. Imani M. Cheers is an award-winning digital storyteller, director, producer and filmmaker. As a professor of practice, Dr. Cheers uses a variety of mediums including video, photography, television and film to document and discuss issues impacting and involving people of the African Diaspora.

Her scholarly focus is on the intersection of women/girls, technology, health, conflict, agriculture and the effects of climate change in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Cheers is also an expert on diversity in Hollywood, specifically the representation of Black women in television and film.

Dr. Cheers is the co-creator and managing editor of Newsroom U, an innovative, immersive multimedia journalism initiative for high school and college students. She is also the executive director for the Global Media Project, an international storytelling program.

Before joining SMPA, Dr. Cheers was director of educational resources and a multimedia producer for the PBS NewsHour, a producer/writer at Howard University Television and a multimedia producer at She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, DAWN (Diaspora African Women's Network) and a 2013 New Media Fellow with the International Reporting Project. Dr. Cheers is also a regular contributor for CCTV America and CTN Canada, offering insight into American race relations and popular culture. 


Ph.D., Howard University, 2010

M.A. Howard University, 2007

B.F.A. Washington University in St. Louis, 2002

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Imani Cheers

Classes Taught

SMPA 2112: Intro to Video Production

SMPA 2113: Intro to Web Production and Social Media

SMPA 3232: Online Journalism Workshop

SMPA 3247: Documentary Production

Imani Cheers speaks with students

Faculty Soundbite: Imani Cheers

“I challenge students to think differently and see the world differently.”

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