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 minds. By Zoey Angelucci Barbara Johnstone, 67, a retired professor, said the upcoming election is one of... Read More

Communities in Pittsburgh struggle with loss of local news coverage

By: Diana Navarrete PITTSBURGH, Pa.–Communities in the tristate area are losing their primary source of information and are finding solutions to maintain existing news organizations. Various communities are losing daily and weekly newspapers. While others are undergoing changes that are leading to “news deserts.” Remaining organizations in Pittsburgh are trying to stay in business and report on important stories. The... Read More

New Castle fights to keep their newspaper up and running

By: Zoey Angelucci As the Youngstown Vindicator closed its doors on Aug. 31 2019, the nearby city of New Castle was fighting against news desert norms to save its paper and community.  They rely financially on advertising and print and online subscriptions. They pride themselves on the idea of keeping local news, local. While bigger areas, like Youngstown, have large... Read More

Facebook looks for ways to end misinformation in the face of news deserts

By: Adam Stout “About one in three users in the U.S. live in places where we cannot find enough local news on Facebook to launch Today in,” Facebook said in a recent blog post online. “What does that mean exactly? In the last 28 days, there has not been a single day where we’ve been able to find five or... Read More

Edinboro residents adjust to new combined newspaper

By: Sierra Seneta Robin Capezzuto, an Edinboro resident, recently lost her own local newspaper, the Edinboro News Journal, after its last issue this past spring. The paper is now combined with two other papers from neighboring areas. The question of the town becoming a news desert is looming over the minds of Edinboro residents. Edinboro locals, like Capezzuto, will now... Read More

Local paper editor works against News Deserts in the Mon Valley area

By: Shannon Hartnett Assistant Editor Richard Schiavoni and his team at the Valley Mirror are filling their paper with advertisements, small town events and problems related to the community. It is part of their effort to remain relevant to their readers and prevent the Mon Valley from becoming a news desert. To support the community’s interests, the local paper publishes... Read More

Carnegie Science Center unveils new mummy exhibit

By: Jordyn Honrec A plaque on the wall next to the case identifies the body as “MUMAB: The Maryland Mummy”. This mummy, as well as 39 other mummified human and animal remains, are a part of “Mummies of the World: The Exhibition”, a touring museum exhibition that has been seen by two million museum-goers worldwide. MUMAB is the “newest” mummy... Read More

Pittsburgh nonprofit Hello Neighbor welcomes immigrant families

By: Humayoon Babur Under a cloudless sky, dozens of immigrant families gathered at Carnegie Park in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, on June 22 to enjoy the outdoors and spend time together, looking like a big, connected family.  Hello Neighbor is a nonprofit organization that provides mentorship and friendship to support refugee and immigrant families. To mark the end of World Refugee Week,... Read More