Imani Mixon

Podcast Trainer/Producer

Imani Mixon is a Detroit-based writer. After graduating from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, she returned to her hometown of Detroit to document its history and resurgence, with a particular focus on neighborhood change.

Last year, she wrote weekly articles about Detroit's North End neighborhood as an On The Ground project editor with Model D Media. Imani will continue to explore the city's rich neighborhood stories through a year long position as a podcast/producer in Detroit's MorningSide neighborhood. You can find her wherever the best conversations or freshest ideas are happening.

Imani Mixon in front of childhood home
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

There are a few basic steps journalists take when reporting. Pick a newsworthy topic. Track down the facts. And then talk to people out in the community what they think about it.

But what if you flipped that script?

What if, instead of asking the questions, you let people in the community decide what’s worth talking about?

That’s the idea behind MorningSide 48224, a community-produced podcast from Michigan Radio and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

This year, Michigan Radio is trying something new.

Instead of sending a reporter in to tell stories about MorningSide, we’re inviting the MorningSide community to tell their own stories.

From family histories to local happenings, we want to highlight narratives that feel true and honest to the people who experience the neighborhood every day.

AAA Laundromat & Dry Cleaner located on E Warren Ave in MorningSide, Detroit.
Ali Lapetina

What happens when community members lead the conversation about their community?

MorningSide 48224, a community-led podcast, will endeavor to find out. Instead of unearthing city stories from a distance, Imani Mixon, a Detroit-based and embraced journalist who grew up in MorningSide, will be embedded in the community working closely with residents to produce their own stories about their own experiences.