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The lobby area of the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University. Photo | Christopher Rolinson

Point Park University opened the Center for Media Innovation Sept. 13 with a daylong series of events with media professionals, and an evening with Sarah Koenig, host of the Serial podcast.

During the fall semester, the center will welcome an Associated Press photographer, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters from The Washington Post, and the voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, among others. Check out the exciting events scheduled this September, October and November:

September Events


Fifteen Years On: Journalists Reflect on 9/11 Coverage

Sept. 15, 6-9 p.m.
Lawrence Hall 200


Associated Press photographer Richard Drew talks about his "Fallen Man" images at the World Trade Center. A panel discussion will follow, featuring local reporters who will share their experiences and discuss how such a catastrophic event might be covered today. Panelists include Sheldon Ingram, WTAE-TV reporter, Mary Pickels, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter, and Steve Mellon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photographer. Co-sponsored by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Women's Press Club of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation.

Gallery Exhibit: Photojournalism & the First Amendment

Sept. 16, 4-7 p.m.
Center for Media Innovation

Matt Adams, a Point Park graduate who is now a photo editor for National Geographic, and Christopher Rolinson, a Point Park photojournalism professor, selected two dozen photographs that are evocative of the First Amendment.

Press Forward: A Discussion of Race, Diversity & Inclusion in the Pittsburgh News Industry

Sept. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lawrence Hall 200

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Keith Alexander, a Point Park graduate, and Wes Lowery talk about their police brutality series and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Co-sponsored by the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation.

Championship Run: Point Park's Voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Sept. 22 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Center for Media Innovation

Fred McLeod, a Point Park graduate and the voice of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, talks about his experiences during the team's 2016 championship run. McLeod will take part in two sessions: The Business of Sports, from 9-11:30 a.m., and Championship Sports Broadcasting from 1-2:30 p.m.

Stories from the Presidential Campaign Trail

Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m.
Center for Media Innovation

Pittsburgh's top political reporters gather to discuss what it has been like to cover the current presidential election. Panelists include Salena Zito, freelance political reporter, and Chris Potter from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

October Events


Presidential Spin: Building a Candidate's Narrative

Oct. 18, 6-8 p.m.
Center for Media Innovation

Local representatives of the presidential campaigns talk about how they have tried to build compelling candidate narratives during the long election cycle.

Selling the Pittsburgh Steelers

Oct. 20, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Lawrence Hall 200

Kathy Wallace, corporate sales and marketing manager for the Pittsburgh Steelers, talks about the team's sales and marketing strategies.

Pen to the President: 2016 Political Cartoons

Oct. 20, 4-7 p.m.
Center for Media Innovation

An exhibit of local and national political cartoons curated by Rob Rogers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jonathan Trueblood, assistant professor of animation and Pittsburgh-based artist, the Toonseum and other local artists. Rogers and Trueblood will take part in the workshop for students and the public from 4-7 p.m. Co-hosted with Pahl Hluchan, animation professor.

Right to Know: The Power of Public Records

Oct. 27, 1 p.m. for students; 6:30-7:30 p.m. for public, 6 p.m. reception
Center for Media Innovation

Journalist Jamie Kalven's groundbreaking investigation of the fatal police shooting of Chicago teen Laquan McDonald prompted more public scrutiny of the case, which eventually led to a murder indictment against one officer.

Kalven will discuss his investigation, especially his use of public records during his appearance at Point Park University's Center for Media Innovation. Presented by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania and the Center for Media Innovation. Co-sponsored by the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Women's Press Club of Pittsburgh and the Online News Association.

November Event


Diane Rehm visits Point Park University

Nov. 14, 10 a.m.
Center for Media Innovation

Longtime American public radio talk show host Diane Rehm, whose eponymous show is distributed national and internationally by National Public Radio, visits Point Park.


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