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Documenting the vast spectrum of the effects of COVID-19

These short video pieces are final projects of students from the JOUR 302 photojournalism course.   Firefighting during a pandemic By Luke Mongelli   A pandemic Thanksgiving in Murraysville By Lauren Nania   Google working from home during pandemic By...

Golden Souls: How local artists are changing the business of wearable art

By Matthew Ryan Miramontes Sarah Sindler always wanted to be an artist, but it was not until she began casting and working with fine metals like gold and silver did she find a career involving wearable art. Other artists like Sakony Burton might have been involved...

Body modification options, acceptance rise despite remaining stigmas

By Dara Collins The long history of body modification for Revina Lower started when he was a teenager piercing his ears and eyebrows on his own. In his mid-20s, Lower started tattooing his face, split his tongue and received implants. Now at the age of 44, Lower has...

Point Park athlete enjoys college experience both on and off the court

By Trish Miralles Point Park’s women’s basketball started last season using a more assertive approach to recruiting beyond state lines, placing a record total of six players from Ohio on the roster. These efforts were shown to have paid off, as the team successfully...

Tattoo expo welcomes community, aims to expand reach

Disclaimer: A version of this story ran in The Globe, the Point Park University student-run newspaper. By Dara Collins At the peak of any given day at the annual Bleed Black and Gold Pittsburgh Tattoo Expo, it’s difficult to walk through the aisles of artists and...

Pollutants that harm Pittsburgh’s rivers

By Lauryn Nania Pittsburgh is prominently known for its abundance of bridges built across the three rivers that surround the city. From a distance, these waters accent Pittsburgh with a unique, urban beauty. However, with a closer look, numerous types of pollutants...

Horse racing in Western PA draws both criticism and support

By: Zoe Esperseth As Dawnelle Mock walks through the paddocks where the standardbred racehorses are kept before they are set to compete, she lovingly reflects on the amount of care received by the horses. “They eat breakfast before we do, they get lunch before we do....

A New Life: Breaking From Opioid Addiction

Editor's note: Point Park University student Derek Malush created this multimedia package about a friend and former teammate who became addicted to drugs and who has worked to overcome that addiction. Tyler Szymanski was loved by many in his younger days as a kid. He...

Voters already thinking 2020

As people turned out across Pittsburgh Tuesday to cast votes for county and local races, many already had their minds on the 2020 presidential election. Reporters from the Point Park News Service visited polling stations and political rallies to hear what's on their...

Carnegie Science Center unveils new mummy exhibit

By: Jordyn Hronec One of the many mummies on display at the Carnegie Science Center as part of the Mummies of the World exhibit. One of the many mummies on display at the Carnegie Science Center as part of the Mummies of the World exhibit. PITTSBURGH--In a glass case,...

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Local Company Treecup Tea Helping Haiti

By Anthony Cugini   Each bottle of tea Mark Sotomayer and his company, Treecup Tea, sell comes with a seed to plant a tree. College dropout Mark Sotomayer started selling tea using his grandmother’s recipe. “On September 23, 2017, I got caught with marijuana and...

Art vs. Vandalism: Color Park

By: Grant Clarke When Ex-Steeler Baron Batch was arrested for graffiti in the summer of 2016, graffiti detective Alphonso Sloan was the man who put the handcuffs on him.    “I would consider us friends even from the beginning,” Sloan said. “He was always a nice,...

Sam’s Devotions Spreading Kindness

By Hannah Buzza A local non-profit spreading kindness throughout the city. When Vicki Jordan asked for help with supplies for her special education students, Sam’s Devotions responded with pencils, lollipops, crackers, deodorant, sweatshirts, shorts and more. “I sent...

Coal Mines Of Pittsburgh

By Leah Revo Coal mine affects on backyards Christina Patterson, 38, of North Baldwin, worries about her children every time they go out to play in their backyard because of the abandoned mine holes that have opened up. Sinkholes forming in residential backyards are...

The Ongoing Holiday Season

By Joseph Burkhard, Delta Daley, Brandon Kurzawski, and Kevin Turcovsky Caroline Lapinkski feels like if you start hearing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You” before Thanksgiving, it’s way too soon. The holiday season and Black Friday seem to start...