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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

Satisfaction comes from informing people: WTAE’s Michelle Wright

By Nicholas Vercilla, Point Park News Service: Michelle Wright, a Lynchburg, Va., native, has been in broadcasting since 1984. She has interviewed many politicians, celebrities and athletes, and she has covered some of the country’s biggest news stories. Wright graduated from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a double minor in journalism and television. She worked... Read More

PPNS reporters win top statewide honors

The Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association has recognized Point Park News Service reporters with three of its top statewide journalism awards for student reporters. Graduate student Emily Balser received a first-place award for a collection of stories. She wrote about a blogger who encourages women to go without makeup, how the bald eagle may no longer be endangered in the state and... Read More