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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.
  • Development of one of the region’s first integrated marketing communications programs.
  • 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.

Website

www.pointpark.edu/communication

Enrollment (Fall 2013)

Undergraduate: 433
Graduate: 94

Bachelor of Arts Degrees

  • Public Relations and Advertising
  • Broadcast Production and Programming
  • Broadcasting Reporting
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication
  • Multimedia
  • Photojournalism

Bachelor of Science Degree

  • Integrated Marketing Communications (Saturday-only accelerated program)

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

  • Photography

Post-Baccalaureate Bachelor of Arts Degree

  • Journalism and Mass Communication

Master of Arts Degrees

  • Communication Technology
  • Journalism and Mass Communication

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

Facilities

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
Associated Press
Brunner
Clear Channel Communications 
Eat 'N Park
Fox 53 WPGH
Heinz U.S.A.
KDKA Radio and TV
Ketchum
KQV News Radio
MARC USA
Mullen Advertising
Pittsburgh Business Times
Pittsburgh Magazine
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
Root Sports
Smith Brothers Agency 
Trib Total Media
UPMC News Bureau
WAMO AM-FM
WBZZ – FM (Star 100.7) 
WDSY – FM (Y-108)
WEAE – AM (ESPN Radio)
Whirl Magazine
WPXI – TV 
WQED – Multimedia  
WTAE – TV 
WWSW AM-FM (3WS)

Point Park Student Media

Faculty

Steven Hallock, Ph.D., Director of the School of Communication
Heather Starr Fiedler, Ph.D., Chair of Faculty
Thom Baggerman, Ph.D.
Robin Cecala, Ph.D.
Aimee-Marie Dorsten, Ph.D. 
Tatyana Dumova, Ph.D.
David J. Fabilli, M.A.
Helen Fallon, M.A.
April Friges, M.F.A.
Timothy Hudson, Ph.D.
Bill Moushey, M.A.
Bob O’Gara, M.A.
Christopher Rolinson, M.A.
Johan Yssel, Ph.D., Director of Integrated Marketing Communications Program