Tag: Point Park News Service

A crowdfunding website full of oddities, all here in Pittsburgh

A crowdfunding website full of oddities, all here in Pittsburgh

By Jonathan Search, Point Park News Service: Don Moyer is a graphic designer who used Kickstarter to create a China plate featuring a city being attacked by flying monkeys. Maggie Lynn Negrete used Kickstarter to finance her own comic book about a pair of princesses and their adventures. “The nice thing about Kickstarter is you meet […]

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Mon Valley ghost towns left with crime, decay

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Mon Valley ghost towns left with crime, decay

By Megan Guza, Point Park News Service: The roads into Donora were built for traffic. The four lanes of state Route 837 meet the Monessen Bridge that once carried bustling amounts of both foot and automobile traffic. But now, not many people have reason to come to this town 30 miles south of downtown Pittsburgh, […]

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PPNS reporters win top statewide honors

| June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Funeral homes connect with public online

| May 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
Funeral homes connect with public online

  By Abby Mathieu, Point Park News Service: Cincinnati’s Walker Funeral Home created a Facebook page two years ago – and it now has 29,000 “likes.” Its posts typically deal with grief, topics for senior citizens, pre-planning funerals,  health issues  and anything else the owners feel might be interesting to their followers. The business has since […]

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Pulitzer winners stress persistence in reporting

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Pulitzer winners stress persistence in reporting

By Emily Balser, Point Park News Service: Point Park University students and faculty gathered on Thursday to hear two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists share how they uncovered police corruption in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Daily News reporters Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman, winners of the 2010 Pulitzer for investigative reporting, spoke about writing the series Tainted Justice, which […]

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Budget cuts hit rural shelters hardest

| December 31, 2013 | 0 Comments
Budget cuts hit rural shelters hardest

By Megan Guza, Point Park News Service: Shelter services have been hard hit by economic times in rural western Pennsylvania. Denise Scotland’s organization, the Rural Advocacy Task Force at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Harrisburg, a part of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence with an annual budget of $26 million in 2012, disperses […]

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Rural setting increases danger for domestic violence

| December 27, 2013 | 0 Comments
Rural setting increases danger for domestic violence

By Megan Guza, Point Park News Service: Alexis’ boyfriend traded her body as payment for his drug habit. He hit her, threw things at her, bit her and berated her. He threatened to kill himself in front of her. He said he needed her. He played on her insecurities and always came back with an apology. […]

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Old school still cool for some gamers

| December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments
Old school still cool for some gamers

By Marc S. Witkin, Point Park News Service: Malik Cosby would love to have the new Sony PlayStation 4 game console, but he doesn’t see the point of rushing to get one when so many quality games and systems already exist at a much cheaper price. Cosby, 23, of the West End, has its predecessor, […]

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Turkey and potato pancakes meet for rare celebration

| November 26, 2013 | 0 Comments
Turkey and potato pancakes meet for rare celebration

By Andrew Goldstein, Point Park News Service: Jewish people around the world will light their first Hanukkah candles this week — and for Jewish Americans, the more than two millennium-old holiday makes a rare intersection with Thanksgiving. This is not the first time Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coincide, however. The two holidays met for the first […]

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Family changes futures through adoption

| October 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
Family changes futures through adoption

By Emily Brak, Point Park News Service: It takes six pounds of ground beef and a restaurant-sized frying pan to feed two tables filled with children. Meals like this are served daily in a Westmoreland County home. A humongous van parked in the garage is required to transport this very large family. And they need […]

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