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A Creative, Collaborative Space for Students

The Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University breaks the mold in educating the new generation of tech-savvy journalists.

The $2.5 million, 4,000-square-foot facility includes:

  • Video studio: Report live on breaking news for U-View or assist in the taping of show for a local TV station
  • Radio studio: Broadcast live on WPPJ or run a podcast for local media professionals
  • Photo studio: Create artistic portraits in an ideal space, equipped with ceiling grids and the latest lighting technology
  • Multimedia newsroom: Collaborate with fellow journalists, writers, photographers, graphic designers, social media strategists and web developers to tell a story
  • Presentation and gallery space: Showcase creative work and view the work of others, including notable visiting artists
Photo by Nikole Kost.

An Innovative Networking Place for Media Professionals

The center also serves as a resource for professional journalists, providing networking opportunities and a working space. Examples include:

  • ONA Pittsburgh and the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania hosted Freelancing in the New Media Landscape
  • 90.5 WESA-FM, Pittsburgh's NPR radio station, broadcast The Confluence show live
  • Stories from the Presidential Campaign Trail featured professionals from KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, New York Post and CNN
  • #MediaPioneers panel featured professionals from WPXI-TV, Trib Total Media, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corp., The Incline, NEXTpittsburgh, UpGruv and PublicSource

Bringing Industry Experience to the Center

As director of the Center for Media Innovation, Andrew Conte brings with him decades of experience as an award-winning investigative journalist, writer and teacher.

Pictured is Andrew Conte. Photo | Joshua Franzos for The Pittsburgh Foundation
Director Spotlight

The Center's Innovative Staff

  • Matt Petras and Chelsea Pompeani, media innovation specialists
  • Stacey Federoff, graduate assistant
  • Alex Elnicki, lead studio technician
  • Chris Sichi, studio technician

An Informative Showcase for the Community

Additionally, the center welcomes the public inside to take an active role in media discussions during community events. Previous events include:

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