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 opened in 2016.
Enrollment (Fall 2016)
Bachelor of Arts Degrees
- Public Relations and Advertising (also offered fully online)
- Broadcast Production and Media Management
- Broadcast Reporting
- Mass Communication (also offered fully online)
- Environmental Journalism
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
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.
Center for Media Innovation
- Television and radio broadcast studios
- Photo studio
- Multimedia newsroom
- Transformational presentation and gallery space
- Convergence newsroom
- Producer's newsroom
- Mac and PC multimedia labs
- Black and white, and color darkrooms
- Digital photography lab
Radio Station: WPPJ 670 AM
All digital production equipment and operation system
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
Carnegie Science Center
Clear Channel Communications
Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon
Heinz History Center
KDKA Radio and TV
KQV News Radio
Pittsburgh Business Times
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
Smith Brothers Agency
Trib Total Media
WBZZ – FM (Star 100.7)
WDSY – FM (Y-108)
WEAE – AM (ESPN Radio)
WESA -- FM (90.5)
WPXI – TV
WQED – Multimedia
WTAE – TV
WWSW AM-FM (3WS)
Point Park Student Media
- Point Park News Service – A multi-class produced wire service
- The Globe – A student-run independent newspaper
- Wood Street Communications – Offers high-level public relations and advertising solutions to nonprofit organizations in the Pittsburgh area
- WPPJ Radio – A student-run independent radio station
- U-View – Point Park University Student Broadcast Network
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.
Ben Schonberger, M.F.A.