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.