Point Park to Train a New Generation of Environmental Journalists
Point Park University's new Bachelor of Arts in environmental journalism program trains a new generation of storytellers who will be well-positioned to enter the workforce to report on critical environmental issues in the public eye.
The program — made possible through a grant from The Heinz Endowments — provides the core foundation of journalism and environmental science training and hands-on experience via a partnership with Point Park's School of Communication and Department of Natural Sciences and Engineering Technology.
Additionally, this distinctive new program seeks to lead and engage the broader community in discussions about the need for reliable reporting on environmental issues, and stimulate quality work from existing journalists by serving as a resource and driver for change.
Careers in Environmental Journalism
Graduates will be equipped with the core skills essential to any career in journalism — television, radio, print, web, etc. — and prepared to handle the environmental beat or any other beat upon graduation.
State-of-the-Art Equipment and Facilities
Beginning freshman year, students in the program learn and practice on professional equipment and are prepared to enter the real world already familiar with the same tools used by communication pros. Facilities and equipment include:
- Center for Media Innovation, an integrated New York City-style media facility featuring television, radio and photo studios, a multimedia newsroom and a transformational presentation/gallery space
- Alternative process lab and black and white and color darkroom
- Mac and PC multimedia labs
- Radio station (WPPJ) featuring all digital equipment, and sales, business and management offices
- TV studio (U-View) featuring Sony digital studio cameras with teleprompters, a four-seat news desk, a video/engineering control room, an audio board and a live announcer's booth
Student-Run Media Provides Real-World Experience
In addition to the campus radio and TV stations, environmental journalism majors will gain real-world experience through student-run media, including:
- Point Park News Service, a multi-class produced wire service
- Wood Street Communications, a public relations and advertising service for nonprofit organizations
- The Globe, a student-run independent newspaper
Check out a collection of our students' work in the environmental report.
Access to Pittsburgh Media Outlets
Students will have access to some of the region's leading media outlets in Pittsburgh that provide opportunities for internships, networking and real-world experience, some of which include:
- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Business Times and New Pittsburgh Courier
- KDKA-TV, WTAE-TV, WPXI-TV, WPGH FOX 53 and WQED Multimedia
- Pittsburgh Magazine, Whirl Magazine and Pittsburgh Quarterly
- NewsRadio 1020 KDKA, WESA-FM and 91.3FM WYEP
- ROOT Sports
Environmental Journalism Courses
Students in the 125-credit environmental journalism program will thrive in a supportive environment of challenging courses, experienced faculty and small class sizes. Courses include:
- Data Journalism & Visualization
- Case Studies in Environmental Science
- General Chemistry I
- Graphic Design I
- Photography for Non-Majors
- Environmental Science
- General Biology II
Photos by Christopher Rolinson, associate professor of photojournalism