News

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: Monday, Sept. 19: Aman Rahami was taken into custody in connection to explosions in NYC and NJ; FBI revealed the identity of the man who stabbed nine in a Minnesota Mall; Liberty Bridge closed indefinitely.

Students, faculty attend CMI grand opening

Students, faculty attend CMI grand opening

By Mark Dovi, Point Park News Service: Point Park University held their official grand opening ceremony Tuesday. A number of students, members of the media and alumni listened to representatives speak about the new center from the School of Communication, as well as the President of Point Park University Paul Hennigan. “It was just about […]

ESPN and AT&T representatives discuss commercial sponsorship to students

ESPN and AT&T representatives discuss commercial sponsorship to students

By Laura Byko, Point Park News Service: Much of the events surrounding the opening of Point Park’s Center for Media Innovation centered on journalism and the media, but Point Park’s more business-minded students were also well-served during the afternoon panel hosted by the Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing. “The Speed of Live: Why […]

Arts & Culture

What to do with 252 images of John Riegert?

What to do with 252 images of John Riegert?

By Edward Trizzino, Point Park News Service: The recent closing of a local art exhibit has 252 pieces of art in need of a permanent home. The SPACE gallery located in Downtown Pittsburgh recently closed its summer-long “John Riegert” exhibit, which contained submitted portraits of Riegert by hundreds of local artists. Of the 252 portraits, […]

‘Falling Man’ photographer remembers 9/11 attacks

‘Falling Man’ photographer remembers 9/11 attacks

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Richard Drew spoke to a room of about 90 people Thursday night about his iconic photographs of the “Falling Man” taken during the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. “The ‘Falling Man’ photograph represents, for me anyway, an unknown solider of the lives lost that […]

Gentrification can both threaten and help local artists

Gentrification can both threaten and help local artists

By Andrew Henderson, Point Park News Service: Seth Clark sits in a beat-up, repurposed armchair, one of a mismatched set arranged around a makeshift meeting table.  He leans back and puts his feet on the table, the very image of relaxation.  And he should be comfortable.  He’s in his kingdom. Clark is the studio director […]

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

Reps from ESPN, AT&T discuss live coverage and sponsorships

Reps from ESPN, AT&T discuss live coverage and sponsorships

By Victoria Bails, Point Park News Service: In celebration with the opening of the Center for Media Innovation, the Pittsburgh Center for Sports and Media Marketing hosted “The Speed of Live: Why Sports Matter Most to Fans & Brands” featuring two speakers from ESPN and AT&T in front of a standing-room only crowd in the Lawrence […]

Dramatic increases in drug prices spark debate

Dramatic increases in drug prices spark debate

By Alicia Green, Point Park News Service: Stuart Fisk has cared for people with HIV/AIDS for 25 years. The Allegheny Health Network nurse practitioner and director of the Positive Health Clinic said he remembers when the drug Daraprim was much more commonly used because a lot more people were sick and dying of the parasitic […]

Pittsburgh Muslims work to combat Islamophobia

Pittsburgh Muslims work to combat Islamophobia

By Mia Rupani, Point Park News Service: Kelcey Sharkas feels safe identifying as a Muslim in Pittsburgh, but says she is still cautious in light of recent events that are generating both positive and negative reactions toward her religious community. Sharkas serves as director of programming for the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh (ICP) in Oakland. […]

Politics

PA budget deadlock hits students in the wallet

PA budget deadlock hits students in the wallet

By Phillip Poupore, Point Park News Service: Point Park University senior Brittany Lauffer has had to pick up additional work this fall because of the Pennsylvania budget impasse. The broadcast journalism major moved off campus over the summer only because she expected a $3,634 refund check from the school. But there was a problem: She […]

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 […]

Business

Social media gives — and takes away

Social media gives — and takes away

By Christine Manganas, Point Park News Service: Brandi Smith of Smith Brothers Agency, an advertising company on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, addressed a nearly full Lawrence Hall Ballroom Monday, April 11 about her social media encounter with Lena Dunham. Smith, the agency’s digital and social strategist, explained how they composed a Twitter response to the Girls creator […]

Restaurant recycling saves money and environment

Restaurant recycling saves money and environment

By Christine Manganas, Point Park News Service: Restaurant owner Sean Casey occasionally finds himself fishing recyclables out of the garbage when others throw them in the nearest waste can. As owner of the Church Brew Works, Casey has been recycling everything he can – including the refurbished church where the restaurant is located – since […]

Pittsburgh cigar shop offers laid-back vibe

Pittsburgh cigar shop offers laid-back vibe

By Ben Wyland, Point Park News Service: Pittsburgh’s Strip District can be an overwhelming and a chaotic place for a first-time visitor. Leaf and Bean, a cigar and coffee shop, offsets that chaos and provides a laid-back and slower-paced environment for the busy Strip. Owner Jim Robinson, also known as “Island Jim,” wanted to open a […]