High School Programs
Explore the Evolving World of Communication and Media
The School of Communication offers current high school students two exciting opportunities to visit Point Park University's Downtown Pittsburgh campus and learn what it's like to study in one of our innovative communication majors.
Available Workshops for High School Students
Spring High School Media Day
Check in: 8:30 a.m.
Media Day: 9 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m.
Cost: $15 per participant (students and teachers)
The Center for Media Innovation and School of Communication hosts High School Media Day twice a year at Point Park University. High school students and teachers are invited to the event to learn about media and communication industries.
Point Park faculty members lead interactive sessions within their specialty areas; topics include: advertising, broadcasting, media ethics, multimedia, photojournalism and public relations. The program includes lunch and the option to have a Point Park professor critique your high school's student newspaper.
Lisa Knapp, administrative assistant, Center for Media Innovation
Summer High School Journalism Workshop
Point Park University campus, Downtown Pittsburgh
Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, the decision has been made to cancel the Summer Journalism Workshop scheduled June 29 - July 2, 2020. We look forward to meeting you in the future!
Get a taste of your career-to-be at our Summer High School Journalism workshop.
This year’s focus will be on visual storytelling. You will learn to tell stories through video and photography and also meet practicing media professionals. At the end of the camp, we will create a show with all of the visual content and premiere it at the end of camp reception. The show will then air on the campus television station’s website.
Additionally, students will tour Pittsburgh's best venues. In the past, students have visited PNC Park, Washington Wild Things, PPG Paints Arena, Stage AE and attended a live taping at KDKA-TV. Students will also soak up Point Park University's urban campus participating in activities around the City of Pittsburgh.
What will you do in these workshops?
- Students will focus on their area of interest (news, sports, entertainment, the environment, politics)
- Learn and apply the aesthetic principles of photography and video
- Develop better writing and interviewing skills
- Network with professionals working in the field
Registration fee will include:
- Workshops, overnight accommodations, most meals and social activities (students not staying overnight will pay a reduced fee)
- High school students 16 and older have the option to stay overnight in a residence hall
- High school students 15 and younger may attend all activities but are not permitted to stay overnight (students not staying overnight will pay a reduced fee)
- $349 (residential)
- $249 (non-residential)
Robin Cecala, associate professor of broadcast production
Video Playlist: Virtual High School Media Day
With the transition to online learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Point Park's Center for Media Innovation launched its first Virtual High School Media Day on March 20. Live sessions were hosted every Friday until the beginning of summer break in May, featuring:
- KDKA Meteorologist Mary Ours
- Fast Company Reporter Zlati Meyer
- Photographer Richard Kelly
- Inspire PA Program Director Andaya Sugayan
- Saegertown High School
- Professor of Journalism Bill Moushey
- New York Times Reporter Sarah Mervosh
- Social Justice Studies Professor Robert Ross
- Franklin Regional High School