School of Communication

Daylong Events Kickoff Opening of Point Park University's Center for Media Innovation Sept. 13

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Andrew Conte sits outside of Point Park University's new Center for Media Innovation. Photo | Christopher RolinsonPictured is Andrew Conte, director of Point Park University's new Center for Media Innovation.

Point Park University will officially open the Center for Media Innovation with a daylong series of events Sept. 13.

Highlights of the day include a morning panel with local television, radio and newspaper professionals, an afternoon panel with local new media professionals, and an evening with Sarah Koenig, host and co-creator of the Serial podcast. 

Located at Wood Street and Third Avenue, the 4,000-square-foot center has floor-to-ceiling glass walls, flat-screen televisions and a digital ticker that offers a New York City-style media hub where passersby can be entertained and informed as students learn their craft.

Sept. 13 Kick-Off Celebration Schedule


Reception and Opening Ceremony

The event will be live streamed and archived on the center's YouTube channel

#MediaPioneers Morning Panel

  • 10-11:30 a.m.: #MediaPioneers panel discussion.
  • Audience invited: Assigned students and media in the CMI, overflow in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom
  • Panelists

The event will be live streamed and archived on the center's YouTube channel

Lunch Celebration in Village Park

  • Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch celebration in Village Park.
  • Audience invited: University community.

Join us for pop-up food stations and live entertainment provided by Point Park University's Pioneer Records.

The Speed of Live: Why Sports Matter Most to Fans and Brands

  • 1-2:15 p.m.: The Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing Hosts "Why Sports Matter Most to Fans and Brands."
  • Audience invited: Assigned students, campus community and the public are invited to attend in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom
  • Panelists:
    • Chris Eames, vice president of sales and marketing, ESPN
    • James Kerr, director of sponsorship, AT&T

The event will be live streamed and archived on the center's YouTube channel

#MediaPioneers Afternoon Panel

  • 2:30-4 p.m.: #MediaPioneers panel discussion.
  • Audience invited: Students, media, campus community and the public are invited to attend in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom
  • Panelists:

The event will be live streamed and archived on the center's YouTube channel

CMI Open House

  • 5-6:30 p.m.: Open house in the CMI.
  • Audience invited: Invited guests with tickets.

An Evening with Sarah Koenig

  • 7-9 p.m.: Sarah Koenig, co-creator and host of the Serial podcast, speaks to the University community.
  • Audience invited: Registered guests with tickets in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom, overflow seating available in Lawrence Hall 200

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