New York City-Style Media Facility in the Heart of Downtown Pittsburgh
Point Park University's new Center for Media Innovation — an integrated 4,000-square-foot New York City-style media facility — provides students hands-on experience in their major. Located at Wood Street and Third Avenue, the center has floor-to-ceiling glass walls, flat-screen televisions and a digital ticker.
The center features state-of-the-art facilities and serves as a laboratory for media innovation, including:
Television and radio broadcast studios
The TV studio includes a green screen, industry-specific lighting, and state-of-the-art high-definition cameras. A radio broadcast booth shares a common control room. Both broadcast areas are self-contained modules with high-visibility glass walls for a fishbowl studio experience.
Reporting and multimedia storytelling, along with graphics production, social media, and website and page layout can be conducted through multiple courses in this high-tech smart classroom.
The studio features high ceilings and light control for the best possible shooting environment.
Transformational presentation, gallery space
The center opens into an event space for networking and educational sessions with newsmakers and industry leaders. The same area also can be used as a photo gallery, offering another space for students to showcase their work.
Also featured are café-style work stations for editing, reporting and design situated throughout the facility and open to students for class projects, the Point Park News Service, Wood Street Communications and The Globe.
Designed by Pittsburgh-based GBBN Architects, the center cost $2.5 million to build and is made possible, in part, with a grant from the Allegheny Foundation. Trib Total Media is a sponsor of the center.
- Andrew Conte, director
- Chelsea Pompeani, media innovation specialist
- Ashley Murray, graduate assistant