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Point Park University students traveled to Iceland and Ireland for the 2017 International Media Trip. Photo | Chloe Jakiela

School of Communication Celebrates 10 Years of Travel

Seventeen Point Park University students in the Exploring the International Media and Professions course gained new perspectives on the world during their summer trip to Belfast, Dublin, Galway and Reykjavik. Professors Helen Fallon, Darlene Marnich, Bob O'Gara and academic coordinator Jan Getz accompanied the group.

This year marked the 10th international media trip offered by the School of Communication.

"This trip was such a blessing for me because I never thought I would have the chance to study abroad," said Kaila Markette, a junior public relations and advertising major from McKeesport Area High School. "My favorite part was signing the Belfast peace wall. It was so surreal to be able to sign my name on such a part of Belfast's history."

Classmate Kristin Snapp, a senior journalism major from Butler Area High School, most enjoyed the visit to The Irish News.

"The Irish News is the leading independent newspaper in Northern Ireland, and they have traction in the Republic of Ireland as well," Snapp said. "We spent nearly two hours there and got to hear from professionals who work in a variety of departments."

Highlights from the trip included:

Reykjavik and Iceland

  • Guided tour of Reykjavik and the Golden Circle
  • Visit Iceland & Creative Industries and Reykjavik Grapevine Media


  • Book of Kells and Houses of Parliament tour
  • Dublin City University
  • Harmonia Publications, Heneghan Public Relations and Press Photographers Association of Ireland


  • Titanic Shipyards/Museum and Belfast Castle
  • BBC and The Irish News


  • Guided tour of Downtown Galway
  • Galway Bay FM
  • Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Castle Medieval Feast

"I made sure to research most of the places we visited, but seeing them in person was jaw-dropping," said Caitlin Miller, a 2017 B.A. in public relations and advertising alumna and a graduate of Pittsburgh CAPA.

Added Markette: "This trip has only made my passion for traveling stronger and was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I will always cherish!"

Learn more about the students' experiences abroad by visiting the student-created website

Trip Photos

International Media Class Trip to Iceland and Ireland


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