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Pulitzer winners discuss race and diversity

By Neil Strebig, Point Park News Service: When Keith Alexander and Wesley Lowery took on the challenge of covering fatal police shootings in 2015, they never imagined the magnitude of work that was before them, let alone that their team’s work would be honored with a Pulitzer Prize. For them, it was a story that needed to be told and... Read More

‘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 day,” Drew said. Drew’s presentation... Read More

CMI reception presents new building to alumni

By Nicholas Vercilla, Point Park News Service: Andy Conte instructs his students, above all else, that the most important thing a journalist should be able to do is tell a story. He believes that if students learn the basics of storytelling, they will truly understand what it means to write good journalism. This same advice is echoed for the students... Read More

Point Park unveils new Center for Media Innovation

By Andrew W. Henderson, Point Park News Service: If anyone can be optimistic about the future of the journalism and media industries, it is the students at Point Park University. On Tuesday, the University held its grand opening of the new Center for Media Innovation. The center boasts an impressive array of media facilities for student use, including television and... Read More

Professionals at top media companies preach innovation

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: The #MediaPioneers afternoon panel held in the Lawrence Hall ballroom showed Point Park University students multiple avenues in which the media landscape in Pittsburgh is growing and evolving. The panel was filled with media professionals across Pittsburgh. Lexi Beculfine, editor of Pittsburgh’s newest media curation site called The Incline was a member of... Read More

WESA dives deeper into local stories with ‘The Confluence’

By Nicholas Vercilla, Point Park News Service: A feeling of nervous anticipation filled the building as Marcus Charleston and Kevin Gavin traveled from room to room to make sure their final preparations were in place. As guests arrived and the clock slowly ticked towards noon, both men knew the pilot episode of their new radio show was about to air... Read More

CMI opening concludes with discussion by “Serial” co-creator Sarah Koenig

By Sabrina Bodon, Point Park News Service: Two years ago, confided in her basement in State College, the idea of a true crime podcast called “Serial” was no more than just an idea for co-creator and host Sarah Koenig. But, Tuesday night at Point Park University, Koenig spoke about that internet podcast, which has over 240 million combined downloads of... Read More

Professional media panel discuss embracing change at Center for Media Innovation opening event

By Sabrina Bodon, Point Park News Service: To a room filled with journalism students, professors and fellow professionals, the #MediaPioneers Legacy Panel tackled media relevancy in an on-demand society, embracing change and offering solutions to move forward in a field many have labeled deceased. “Hard news, good writing, getting both sides of the issue is still the most important thing... Read More

Students, faculty attend celebratory lunch during Center for Media Innovation opening

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Point Park University unveiled its new state-of-the-art Center for Media Innovation on Tuesday morning. Sophomore broadcasting major Taylor Celich attended the grand opening lunch in Village Park and said she is looking ahead to the future. “The best part of today’s festivities is knowing this is just the beginning,” Celich said. “Knowing there... Read More