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Dr. D. Michael Cheers

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College Professor

Local Address: San Jose, California, United States
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San José, California 95192
United States

Company Description: San José State University ( educates the next generation of Silicon Valley innovators and the professional workforce of tomorrow. The...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Ph.D.
    Howard University
  • B.A.
    Boston University
  • M.S.
    Boston University
  • M.A.
    Boston University
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Web References
Visual Communication Quarterly, 16 Feb 2014 [cached]
D. Michael Cheers Visual Communication Quarterly Visual Communication Quarterly Submit ^ Current Issue ^ Author Index ^ Portfolio Showcase ^ Editorial Staff & Board ^ Ordering Info ^ AEJMC Michael Cheers Portrait
Michael Cheers is head of the photojournalism program at San Jose State University. He received a B.A. from Boston University, an M.S. and an M.A. from Boston University, and a Ph.D. from Howard University. His professional works have appeared in newspapers and magazines in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Carribean, and Asia. He was co-editor of Songs of My People: African-Americans, a Self-Portrait; and co-author of Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela. He is also a Fulbright Scholar. Cheers has previously taught at the University of Mississippi, Auburn University, and Wayne State College.
Sato credits Prof. Michael ..., 29 April 2011 [cached]
Sato credits Prof. Michael Cheers as one of the brains behind the trip, and as it turns out, Prof. Cheers gets to spend the summer as a faculty fellow at National Geographic.
The Fourth Estate&The Third Sector, 26 Jan 2006 [cached]
D. Michael Cheers
D. Michael Cheers is director of photography for The Fourth Estate and The Third Sector.He received his first camera at age nine, a Christmas gift from his grandmother, who was a domestic worker in St. Louis.Studying the text and photo essays by Life Magazine photojournalist Gordon Parks helped Cheers make an early decision about pursuing a career in photojournalism.
After a 1975 summer internship at the Boston Globe, Cheers was hired by the newspaper.He transferred his college credits to Boston University and earned a BS in journalism in 1977.He went on to earn two masters degrees from Boston University - a MS in journalism and a MA in African American Studies.The allure of travel offered by Ebony and Jet magazine editors convinced Cheers to move to Chicago, where he soon began covering assignments throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Africa.In 1989 he began his doctoral work in African Studies and Research at Howard University.Later that year, he helped organize the "Songs of My People" documentary photo project.His 1993 documentary short film on Goree Island, in Senegal (West Africa), was regularly re-broadcast on National Geographic Television.In 1987, his photo essay of a desolate, drought-stricken village in Mozambique, prompted a medical group in the U.S. to assist Cheers in raising $50,000 in cash and medical supplies.He returned to the village nine months later and drilled water wells helping villagers tap underground streams that provided drinking water where it had not rained in 10 years.A few months before he received his PhD from Howard University in 1994, Cheers won a Fulbright to South Africa.With added assistance from Kodak and Time Warner, he taught photojournalism to township children and disadvantaged freelance photographers.He brought Gordon Parks to South Africa to help judge and critic the photographers' works.Dr. Cheers was promoted to managing editor of Ebony South Africa, where he continued training disenfranchised reporters and photographers.
Dr. Cheers joined the journalism faculty at The University of Mississippi in August 2002.He is a professor of photojournalism and magazine journalism.
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SJSU journalism professor Michael Cheers decided [...]
Events and Programs: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 2 July 2010 [cached]
Contact: D. Michael Cheers, 408-391-5343
SJSU Photojournalism Professor Michael Cheers explores this question with "Soul Sanctuary," a documentary film.
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