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The purpose of the Pittsburgh Media Partnership (PMP) is to support and promote local journalism across the region for the public’s benefit.

The PMP — which comprises 21 media outlets in the Greater Pittsburgh area — accomplishes this by encouraging collaboration between and among partner outlets, developing and distributing resources, building capabilities and advocating for local journalism.

Become a PMP Member

In order to be considered for membership, outlets must:

  • Maintain a newsroom in and serve audiences in the Pittsburgh MSA (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties), regardless of whether ownership is local or remote.
  • Produce independent, news-oriented journalism on a regular basis. This may include one-person news organizations but not freelancers. It does not include organizations whose main purposes are partisan, advertorial, advocacy and/or public relations.
  • Commit to uphold the purpose and mission of the partnership by regularly attending meetings, encouraging collaboration where appropriate and generally supporting the overall success of local journalism.

PMP members meet on a bi-weekly basis to discuss issues of common interest as well as to consider collaborative reporting project proposals.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to partners that collaborate on stories that benefit the local community and the partner outlets, which will share and distribute or broadcast the finished products.

Summer Internship Program

The PMP oversees a summer internship program in which local university students are placed with partner news outlets for 10 weeks. During the 2022 summer session, interns produced more than 230 bylined stories and photos for their respective outlets. One intern was offered a full-time reporting position following his summer internship.

Professional Development 

The PMP brings expert speakers and instructors for shared learning experiences among partners. Topics of recent training sessions include search engine optimization, maximizing social media opportunities and the state’s Right-to-Know law.

Pittsburgh Media Hub

The PMP also is facilitating the creation of shared newsroom space in a Downtown office building that is available for members on an ongoing or drop-in basis. The space, known as the Pittsburgh Media Hub and located in the Benedum-Trees Building on Fourth Avenue, features desk space, meeting rooms and a podcasting studio, among other amenities.

PMP Partners:

  • 90.5 WESA
  • The Allegheny Front
  • Ambridge Connection
  • City Cast Pittsburgh
  • Gazette 2.0 (McKees Rocks)
  • The Incline
  • Mon Valley Independent
  • NEXTpittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh City Paper
  • Pittsburgh Independent
  • Pittsburgh Institute for Nonprofit Journalism
  • Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle
  • Pittsburgh Magazine
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Pittsburgh Latino Magazine
  • Qburgh
  • Soul Pitt Media
  • Spotlight PA
  • Talk Magazine
  • Trib Total Media
  • YaJagoff! Media

Contact Us

Frank Garland, PMP project coordinator: fgarland@pointpark.edu