Fall 2022: Point Park University’s School of Communication Introduces B.A. in Broadcasting Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Previously, Point Park offered a B.A. in Journalism (with a focus in broadcast reporting) or a B.A. in Broadcast Production and Media Management. The new B.A. in Broadcasting, with concentrations in broadcast reporting or broadcast production, replaces the B.A. in Broadcast Production and Media Management.
“This combined broadcasting major will allow our students interested in media production both in front of and behind the camera to collaborate regularly, enhancing their skills and inspiring their creativity,“ said Bernie Ankney, Ph.D., dean of the School of Communication. “Both halves of the major, which are arranged in separate concentrations, support the other while permitting students to follow their passion in the field.”
Broadcasting students take classes in writing, editing, multimedia, video production, news gathering and reporting. In addition to classwork, Point Park has student-run media outlets that provide opportunities for hands-on broadcast journalism experience, including The Globe newspaper, WPPJ radio and U-View television.
“Students taking advantage of these opportunities can refine their skills from day one in preparation for an internship or cooperative education opportunity,” Ankney said.
Point Park boasts many graduates working as media professionals locally at media outlets such as KDKA, WPXI and WTAE, out-of-state stations in Ohio, Nebraska, North Carolina, Maryland, and Illinois, and at national media outlets such as CNN, NBC and the Associated Press.
In Their Own Words: Hear From Broadcasting Graduates
Elena LaQuatra '14
Noon Anchor, Weekday Traffic Reporter, WTAE-TV
"Apart from the class choices, smaller, more intimate setting and new, beautiful facilities, the opportunities I had at Point Park were instrumental while starting my career. With campus being in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh, I was able to spend time shadowing several local journalists and with the help of my professors, I secured internships with two of the news stations while completing my classes."
"The news director at the time visited Point Park in the fall of my senior year to talk about the industry to students. I followed up with him via email after his visit and he reached out to me when my position opened up at the station late in the spring. I signed my contract before I even had my diploma."
Emily Berk '11
Producer, NBC News
“Point Park University gave me the opportunity to gain real-world experience from industry professionals while empowering me to explore my own interests."
"Point Park truly helped to show me just how multifaceted you need to be as a journalist in the 21st century; you don't just report anymore. No one does ... Point Park prepared me for the fast-paced, often rigorous and stressful world of news in endless ways."