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Raising hope: Pittsburgh women seek peace through activism

By Brandon M. Flournoy, Point Park News Service: Jamilah Lahijuddin, a woman who is deeply involved in teaching even though she does not have a degree, makes it her duty to educate troubled Pittsburgh youth who struggle passing classes. Nazura Asaseyeduru, a community organizer and activist, strives to organize urban communities to establish social and economic unity. Candice Walker, an artist,... Read More

Access to Advanced Placement varies across PA

By Christine Manganas, Point Park News Service: Cumberland Valley High School in Cumberland County housed 2,645 students in the 2013-2014 school year and offered 26 Advanced Placement (AP) courses ranging from AP Chinese to AP Economics. Two-hundred miles away in Beaver County, Freedom Area Senior High School’s enrollment is about one-third as big as Cumberland Valley. The 467 enrolled students have the... Read More

On the street: What’s the most unique spot in Pittsburgh?

By Point Park News Service: As new students to Pittsburgh, Point Park University first-year students went out into the streets of Downtown to receive some advice from Pittsburghers about the best places to go in the city: Tony Atkins, 25, who is originally from Wisconsin but now lives in the North Hills, said a unique place to visit is Falling Water.... Read More

Runners and Bikers Gear Up for Annual Poker Run

By Jon Andreassi, Point Park News Service Running, biking and poker will come together this Labor Day to raise money to help maintain the Youghiogheny River Trail. The Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter will be hosting its 22nd annual “Poker Run” at the Arthur H. King Access Area of the Youghiogheny River Trail in West Newton on the morning of the... Read More

Author advises students to seek adventure

By Phillip Poupore, Point Park News Service: Jennifer Steil has never shied away from an adventure. Whether it was moving to Yemen to become a newspaper editor, marrying a British ambassador or being kidnapped by Yemeni tribesmen she has taken it all in stride. The actor, journalist and award-winning author spoke to Point Park University students Aug. 27. She had... Read More

Facts inspire author’s fiction: Campus event Thursday

By Karly Rivera, courtesy of  The Globe: Jennifer Steil, the wife of a British Ambassador, found she was living in a new “weird world” and that inspired her to write a fictional novel. She will be speaking about the experience in Point Park University’s JVH Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Aug. 27 (register to attend: “I was living in this... Read More

Point Park in Spain

Our former apprentice Sara Payne is in Spain and Portugal this month with Point Park University’s International Media course. She and other journalism students are blogging about their experiences. Here are some snippets from their travels… Sara Payne “There are so many nuances that a foreign visitor to the bullfighting ring might miss. The crowd is constantly judging the bull and... Read More

PPNS wins 4 Student Keystone Press Awards

By Point Park News Service: The 2015 Student Keystone Press Awards have recognized three Point Park News Service reporters with several of its statewide journalism honors for student reporters. Graduate Alex Stumpf received a first-place award in the sports story category for “Ballhawks snag flies, fouls and occasional fan backlash,” about fans who to collect multiple baseballs at a game. Stumpf’s story also received an honorable... Read More

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 new people,” Moyer said. “You... Read More

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, says resident Edith Jericho, surrounded... Read More