Imani M. Cheers
- Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs
- [email protected]
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 Newsweek.com. 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
The Evolution of Black Women in Television: Mammies, Matriarchs and Mistresses. (2017). Routledge.
The Cheers Report, Cheers Media Group
In South Africa, Using Mobile Technology to Improve Maternal Health Access
Preventing Drug Shortages With Cell Phones in Malawi
Maternal Health Hotline Helps Malawians Stay Connected
How Cell Phones Are Helping Fight Malaria
SMPA 2112: Intro to Video Production
SMPA 2113: Intro to Web Production and Social Media
SMPA 3232: Online Journalism Workshop
SMPA 3247: Documentary Production