News

Author advises students to seek adventure

Author advises students to seek adventure

By Phillip Poupore, Point Park News Service: Jennifer Steil has never shied away from an adventure. Whether it was moving to Yemen to become a newspaper editor, marrying a British ambassador or being kidnapped by Yemeni tribesmen she has taken it all in stride. The actor, journalist and award-winning author spoke to Point Park University […]

WPPJ: Today’s top-of-hour news updates

WPPJ: Today’s top-of-hour news updates

Point Park University radio station WPPJ (670 AM) broadcasts daily news updates: Thursday, April 23: French authorities seek more info on thwarted terrorist attack; USG announces top officers for 2015-16 school year.         Tuesday, April 21: Former president of Egypt sentenced; 6 Baltimore police officers suspended after man’s death; city’s bike-share program won’t […]

Social media turns trendy at Point Park event

Social media turns trendy at Point Park event

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Twitter lit up Tuesday in Pittsburgh with a trending topic about #Burgh @ Point Park, a social media strategy workshop at Point Park University. The sold-out event featured a presentation by keynote speaker Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as well […]

Arts & Culture

Facts inspire author’s fiction: Campus event Thursday

Facts inspire author’s fiction: Campus event Thursday

By Karly Rivera, courtesy of  The Globe: Jennifer Steil, the wife of a British Ambassador, found she was living in a new “weird world” and that inspired her to write a fictional novel. She will be speaking about the experience in Point Park University’s JVH Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Aug. 27 (register to attend: http://ambassadorswife.eventbrite.com). […]

The Ambassador’s Wife @ Point Park

The Ambassador’s Wife @ Point Park

Marie Claire ranks Jennifer Steil’s latest book, “The Ambassador’s Wife,” among the “buzziest” books of the summer 2015. It already has won the Best Novel award in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. And now Anne Hathaway has signed on to play the novel’s lead character in a television series. Steil visits Point Park University on Thursday, […]

Baseball & broadcasting just go together

Baseball & broadcasting just go together

By Josh Croup, Point Park News Service: Like a young couple in love, broadcasting and baseball matured together, were criticized together and flourished together. Radio’s first voice was heard on Christmas Eve 1906. Reginald Fessenden set out to create the first radio broadcast and he did that and so much more. Fessenden opened up a […]

Entertainment

Symphony program puts students in charge

Symphony program puts students in charge

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Katie Morrow received the opportunity of a lifetime as a high school sophomore: playing on stage with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall in Downtown, Pittsburgh. “It was a very surreal moment,” said Morrow now a senior cello player at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. “Just being on the […]

The Five List: History Center’s top artifacts

The Five List: History Center’s top artifacts

By Sara Payne, Point Park News Service: Amid the adventures in the Strip District is the Senator John Heinz History Center, a 275,000-square-foot museum housing 250 years of the Pittsburgh region’s history. Anne Madarasz, museum division director and curator by training, has more than  22 years of experience at the History Center, making her the perfect person to […]

Hollywood’s comic-book revolution helps shops

Hollywood’s comic-book revolution helps shops

By Travis Hefner, Point Park News Service: Sewickley’s Big Bang Comics and Collectibles enjoys the new normal: Like other area comic shops, it buzzes with people discussing the next big comic movie or TV show. Hollywood’s zealous creation of comic book-based television series and movies has given boosts to local comic shops with new and different customers. “It’s the […]

Lifestyle

Point Park in Spain

Point Park in Spain

Our former apprentice Sara Payne is in Spain and Portugal this month with Point Park University’s International Media course. She and other journalism students are blogging about their experiences. Here are some snippets from their travels… Sara Payne “There are so many nuances that a foreign visitor to the bullfighting ring might miss. The crowd is […]

Pittsburgh soccer fans travel to cheer foreign teams

Pittsburgh soccer fans travel to cheer foreign teams

By Travis Hefner, Point Park News Service: Pittsburgh’s Dave Trainer and other Premier League soccer fans turned a New York City block into an Arsenal Football Club street party. Choosing to stay at the same hotel as his beloved Arsenal FC in New York gave Evan Bieganski the chance to meet his heroes. In Chicago […]

Students’ spring break plans include earning income, having fun

Students’ spring break plans include earning income, having fun

By Melanie Vangas, Point Park News Service: Stressing about finals and her remaining two years of college, Michelle Azadi found herself thinking of a distant vacation destination, even if it might take some time before she can afford it. Josue Acosta counts down the days until his arrival in paradise. “Spring break is all about forgetting school […]

Politics

Election Day in Pittsburgh area

Election Day in Pittsburgh area

By Point Park News Service: Point Park University student photographers spread out across the Pittsburgh area to document Election Day 2014.  

Peduto plans to invest in youth, education

Peduto plans to invest in youth, education

By Alex Perry | The Pioneer Surrounded by miniature superheroes and princesses, Bill Peduto proudly walked in Bloomfield’s 2013 Halloween parade alongside his campaign supporters, People for Peduto. Marching through the city’s largest nighttime parade, Peduto captured the admiration of attendees in an instant. As he swaggered down Main Street, the zealous politician effortlessly attracted […]

Councilman O’Connor builds on father’s mayoral career

Councilman O’Connor builds on father’s mayoral career

By Tony Sonita, Point Park News Service: When Mayor Bob O’Connor suddenly died from a rare brain cancer in 2006, his youngest son, Corey, started rethinking his own life plans. He always talked with his father about becoming a teacher, but O’Connor realized he could have a major impact in politics too. “Growing up, I’d […]

Business

Hollywood’s comic-book revolution helps shops

Hollywood’s comic-book revolution helps shops

By Travis Hefner, Point Park News Service: Sewickley’s Big Bang Comics and Collectibles enjoys the new normal: Like other area comic shops, it buzzes with people discussing the next big comic movie or TV show. Hollywood’s zealous creation of comic book-based television series and movies has given boosts to local comic shops with new and different customers. “It’s the […]

Baldwin music store owner goes ‘all in’

Baldwin music store owner goes ‘all in’

By Juin Somer, Point Park News Service: Erik Loeffert, the owner of South Hills Music in Baldwin, answers questions about opening his business and what it’s like running a retail store. Q: What made you decide to open your own business? A: It was sort of an accident. I never really sat around and imagined […]

Company dazzles Zelienople with holiday lights display

Company dazzles Zelienople with holiday lights display

By Phillip Poupore, Point Park News Service: Back in the 1930s, the employees at Universal Manufacturing in Zelienople started a holiday tradition by adorning one of their custom scaffolds with Christmas lights. The magical production then went away for many years until 1997 when an employee of the long-standing company found old photos of the […]