Upcoming Training Opportunities

Telling Our Own Health Stories
Community Journalism Training

Presented by Independent Media Association, in collaboration with the University of Kansas Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative

IMA presents a free training for anyone interested in learning how to research and write about health-related topics as a community journalist.

You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Learn basics of citizen journalism, including background, ethics, and methods

  • Work with other participants to discuss and workshop reporting ideas

  • Learn how to use equipment and other tools used by citizen journalists, including equipment for live streaming

  • Discuss current issues in health journalism, including issues of interest to participants

  • Gain a deeper understanding of issues of ethics and health-related information

Choose a Workshop

Each workshop includes a two-part experience:

  • Day 1 of each workshop will include a citizen journalism 101 training.

  • Day 2 of each workshop will include a discussion on how to cover health issues as a citizen journalist.

Workshop #1

Location: Soulcentricitea @ 1106 E. 30th Street, Suite E, KCMO

Days/Times: Saturdays, 1 - 4 pm

Dates: October 16 and October 23, 2021

Workshop #2

Location: KCK Public Library, Main Branch @ 831 S 55th St, Kansas City, KS

Days/Times: Fridays, 12 - 3 pm

Dates: November 5 and 12, 2021

Workshop #3

Location: Virtual

Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6 - 9 pm

Dates: December 1 and 8, 2021

Workshop #4

Location: St. Mark's Hope and Peace Church @ 3800 Troost Avenue, KCMO

Days/Times: Wednesdays, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Dates: January 5 and 12

About the presenters

Independent Media Association (IMA) is a Kansas City metro-based group that supports citizen journalists creating well-researched, contextualized stories that matter deeply to their communities. IMA seeks to provide stories that center voices not often covered in mainstream media; their work reflects the belief that those most qualified to address the in-depth, hyper-local reporting gap are those who reside physically in or otherwise inhabit the communities they center in their stories. In addition to producing news through the media of online print, livestream, and publications, IMA also provides training, valuable/meaningful work experiences, and relational support structures for citizen journalists working to cover issues of importance to their communities. IMA will lead and facilitate the training and provide an overview of citizen journalism.

Dr. Carli Zegers is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing and a nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department at Truman Medical Center. Her research background includes health literacy and self-management strategies in historically marginalized communities. Additionally, Dr. Zegers is certified as a trainer for Cultural Humility through work with Drs. Tervalon and Murray-Garcia and is certified as a Relationship-Centered Communication trainer through the Academy of Communication in Healthcare. Previously, Dr. Zegers was the principal investigator of the KC HealthTracks grant through the Office of Minority Health focused on developing a pipeline program for high school students from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds into healthcare professions. Dr. Zegers serves on multiple national boards focusing on health equity, health policy, and health communication. Dr. Zegers will provide community and health literacy strategies and healthcare expertise to inform the training.

This project is supported by The KU Commons, the KU Office of Research, and the KU Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative.