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Andrew Conte sits outside of Point Park University's new Center for Media Innovation. Photo | Christopher Rolinson

 Andrew Conte, director of Point Park University's new Center for Media Innovation.

Point Park University will officially open the Center for Media Innovation with a daylong series of events Sept. 13.

Highlights of the day include a morning panel with local television, radio and newspaper professionals, an afternoon panel with local new media professionals, and an evening with Sarah Koenig, host and co-creator of the Serial podcast.

Located at Wood Street and Third Avenue, the 4,000-square-foot center has floor-to-ceiling glass walls, flat-screen televisions and a digital ticker that offers a New York City-style media hub where passersby can be entertained and informed as students learn their craft.

Sept. 13 Kick-Off Celebration Schedule


Reception and Opening Ceremony

The event will be live streamed and archived on the center's YouTube channel.

#MediaPioneers Morning Panel

  • 10-11:30 a.m.: #MediaPioneers panel discussion.
  • Audience invited: Assigned students and media in the CMI, overflow in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom.
  • Panelists:

The event will be live streamed and archived on the center's YouTube channel.

Lunch Celebration in Village Park

  • Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch celebration in Village Park.
  • Audience invited: University community.

Join us for pop-up food stations and live entertainment provided by Point Park University's Pioneer Records.

The Speed of Live: Why Sports Matter Most to Fans and Brands

  • 1-2:15 p.m.: The Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing Hosts "Why Sports Matter Most to Fans and Brands."
  • Audience invited: Assigned students, campus community and the public are invited to attend in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom.
  • Panelists:
    • Chris Eames, vice president of sales and marketing, ESPN
    • James Kerr, director of sponsorship, AT&T

The event will be live streamed and archived on the center's YouTube channel.  

#MediaPioneers Afternoon Panel

  • 2:30-4 p.m.: #MediaPioneers panel discussion.
  • Audience invited: Students, media, campus community and the public are invited to attend in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom.
  • Panelists:

The event will be live streamed and archived on the center's YouTube channel.  

CMI Open House

  • 5-6:30 p.m.: Open house in the CMI.
  • Audience invited: Invited guests with tickets.

An Evening with Sarah Koenig

  • 7-9 p.m.: Sarah Koenig, co-creator and host of the Serial podcast, speaks to the University community.
  • Audience invited: Registered guests with tickets in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom, overflow seating available in Lawrence Hall 200.

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