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School of Communication Fact Sheet

Background

Established under the leadership of former New York Times education writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Benjamin Fine, Point Park University’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication officially became the School of Communication in fall 2009. The School of Communication distinguishes itself as a program rooted in hands-on learning opportunities and faculty with real-world experience.

Some Key Achievements:

  • Launch of the region’s first graduate program in journalism and communications in 1981.
  • Enrollment growth of 146 percent over the past decade, from 227 students in undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 500 students in both programs.
  • Investment in a $2.5 million television studio and control room.
  • The Innocence Institute of Point Park University, which has ceased operations as of academic year 2012-2013, provided educational training in investigative reporting and examined wrongful convictions in western Pennsylvania and the surrounding region. 
  • Launch of U-View, Point Park’s student-run news and entertainment television network, February 2007.
  • The Point Park News Service, started in 2005, is a wire service operated by faculty and students, which allows student articles to be distributed for publication through newspapers, Web sites and broadcast outlets.
  • Wood Street Communications, started in 2014, provides students the opportunity to work with local nonprofits seeking assistance with communications services.
  • Center for Media Innovation: An integrated, 4,000-square-foot, New York City-style media facility opening in 2016.

Website

www.pointpark.edu/communication

Enrollment (Fall 2015)

Undergraduate: 421
Graduate: 61

Bachelor of Arts Degrees

  • Public Relations and Advertising (also offered fully online)
  • Broadcast Production and Media Management
  • Broadcast Reporting
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication
  • Multimedia
  • Photojournalism

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

  • Photography

Post-Baccalaureate Bachelor of Arts Degree

  • Journalism and Mass Communication

Master of Arts Degrees

  • Communication Technology (also offered fully online)
  • Media Communication with Specializations in Public Relations and Advertising, Documentary, and Journalism.

An M.A./M.B.A. degree program is offered in conjunction with the School of Business.

Facilities

Center for Media Innovation (Coming in 2016)

  • Television and radio broadcast studios
  • Photo studio
  • Multimedia newsroom
  • Transformational presentation and gallery space

Computer Classrooms

  • Convergence newsroom
  • Producer's newsroom 
  • Mac and PC multimedia labs

Photojournalism

  • Black and white, and color darkrooms
  • Digital photography lab

Radio Station: WPPJ 670 AM

  • All digital production equipment and operation system

TV Studio/Newsroom
U-View: Campus Television Station

  • 24-by-72-foot studio/soundstage
  • 10-foot-high lighting grid
  • Three Sony digital studio cameras (with teleprompters)
  • A seamless two-wall hard cyclorama
  • Four-seat news desk with a painted backdrop mural of Pittsburgh’s skyline
  • A video/engineering control room
  • Live announcer’s booth
  • 40-channel audio board
  • Grommetted green screen  

Student Internship Opportunities/Partners

American Red Cross
Bally Design
Blender Inc.
Carnegie Science Center
Clear Channel Communications
Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon
Heinz History Center 
KDKA Radio and TV
Ketchum
KQV News Radio
MARC USA
Mullen Advertising
Pittsburgh Business Times
Pittsburgh Magazine
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
Root Sports
Smith Brothers Agency
Stage AE 
Trib Total Media
UPMC
WAMO AM-FM
WBZZ – FM (Star 100.7) 
WDSY – FM (Y-108)
WEAE – AM (ESPN Radio)
WESA -- FM (90.5)
Westinghouse
Whirl Magazine
WPXI – TV 
WQED – Multimedia  
WTAE – TV 
WWSW AM-FM (3WS)

Point Park Student Media

Faculty

Thom Baggerman, Ph.D., chair, School of Communication
Steven Hallock, Ph.D., director, School of Communication Graduate Programs
Robin Cecala, Ph.D.
Aimee-Marie Dorsten, Ph.D.
Camille Downing, M.A. 
Tatyana Dumova, Ph.D.
David J. Fabilli, M.A.
Helen Fallon, M.A.
Heather Starr Fiedler, Ph.D.
April Friges, M.F.A.
Timothy Hudson, Ph.D.
Robert Meyers, M.F.A.
Bill Moushey, M.A.
Bob O’Gara, M.A.
Christopher Rolinson, M.F.A.