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About the School of Communication

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.
  • Investment in a $2.5 million television studio and control room.
  • 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.
  • Wood Street Communications, started in 2014, provides students the opportunity to work with local nonprofits seeking assistance with communications services.
  • Center for Media Innovation, an integrated, 4,000-square-foot, New York City-style media facility opened in 2016.

Website

www.pointpark.edu/communication

Enrollment (Fall 2022)

Undergraduate: 295
Graduate: 34

Bachelor of Arts Degrees

  • Broadcasting (choose a concentration in broadcast reporting or broadcast production)
  • Digital Journalism
  • Multimedia (choose a concentration in production or visual communication)
  • Public Relations, Advertising and Social Media (also offered fully online)
  • Social Media Management (degree completion program)
  • Sports Communication

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees

  • Graphic and Interactive Design
  • Photography

Accelerated, Dual Degree 4+1 Program

The 4+1 M.A. in PR, advertising and social media program is available to students majoring in: broadcasting, digital journalism, multimedia, photography and sports communication. 

Early Start Master's Program with Rowland School of Business

The Early Start Master's programs are available to students majoring in: broadcasting, digital journalism, multimedia, photography, public relations, advertising and social media and sports communication.

Master's Degrees

  • Multimedia (also offered fully online)
  • Media Communication with specializations in documentary and journalism
  • Public Relations, Advertising and Social Media
  • M.A./M.B.A. (in conjunction with the Rowland School of Business)

Certificate

  • Social Media

Facilities

The Center for Media Innovation includes: TV and radio broadcast studios, photo studio, multimedia newsroom and a transformational presentation and gallery space.

Computer Classrooms include: a convergence newsroom, a producer's newsroom and Mac and PC multimedia labs.

Photojournalism facilities include: black and white, and color darkrooms and a digital photography lab

Radio Station WPPJ 670 AM includes: all digital production equipment and operation system

Television Studio

Our 24-by-72-foot professional-grade studio/sound stage features:

  • 10-foot-high lighting grid 
  • Three Sony digital studio cameras (with teleprompters)
  • Seamless two-wall hard cyclorama
  • Floor-to-ceiling green screen cyclorama
  • Uniset system news desk with four different desk types
  • Video/engineering control room featuring a state-of-the-art, eight mix effect Newtek Tricaster video switcher
  • Live announcer's booth
  • 24-channel audio board
  • Routers that will patch any source into any destination
  • Grommeted green-screen 

Point Park Student Media

  • Point Park News Service - A multi-class produced wire service
  • The Globe - A student-run independent newspaper
  • Wood Street Communications - Offers high-level public relations and advertising solutions to nonprofit organizations in the Pittsburgh area
  • WPPJ Radio - A student-run independent radio station
  • U-View - Point Park University Student Broadcast Network
  • Ad Fed/PRSSA - Pre-professional student chapters of nationally recognized American Advertising Federation and Public Relations Society of America

Faculty

Bernie Ankney, Ph.D., dean
Christopher Rolinson, M.F.A., chair of faculty, School of Communication
Jenna Lo Castro, Ph.D., director, School of Communication Graduate Programs
Thom Baggerman, Ph.D.
Robin Cecala, Ph.D.
Aimee-Marie Dorsten, Ph.D.
Camille Downing, M.A.
Tatyana Dumova, Ph.D.
Heather Starr Fiedler, Ph.D.
April Friges, M.F.A.
Steven Hallock, Ph.D.
Robert Meyers, M.F.A.
Ben Schonberger, M.F.A.