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High School Programs

High School students at PPG Paints Arena for the 2017 summer workshop. Photo | Bobby Bertha High school students outside of PPG Paints Arena before a behind-the-scenes tour with alumnus Tom McMillan, VP communications, Pittsburgh Penguins

Explore the Evolving World of Communication and Media

The School of Communication offers current high school students two exciting opportunities to visit campus and learn what it's like to study in one of our innovative communication majors:

  1. Summer Journalism WorkshopA week-long, residential workshop to produce multimedia content. 
  2. Fall/Spring High School Media DaySchool groups visit Point Park in the fall and spring to produce multimedia content.

We welcome your interest in the School of Communication and invite you to explore our programs, meet our faculty and talk with our current students. We look forward to meeting you!

Summer Journalism Workshop

Summer 2018 dates TBA in March (residential workshop)
Point Park University campus, Downtown Pittsburgh 

Get a taste of your career-to-be at our School of Communication Interactive Summer Journalism workshop – learn about writing, video, audio, web, photography and social media!

High school students in grades 9-12 will meet journalists in their chosen specialty and tour Pittsburgh's best venues. In the past, students have visited PNC Park, PPG Paints Arena and attended a live taping at KDKA-TV. In addition, each participant will have the opportunity to conduct interviews, create multimedia content and write their own stories as part of an online multimedia magazine.

Students will also soak up Point Park University's urban campus participating in activities around the City of Pittsburgh. 

What will you do in these workshops?

  • Learn and apply the aesthetic principles of photography, video and web design.
  • Understand how to properly utilize mobile tools for multimedia journalism.
  • Develop better writing and interviewing skills.
  • Implement and use interactive multimedia tools (photography, video and web design) to more effectively tell a story.
  • Network with professionals working in the field.

What past participants have said:

  • "I learned how to interview someone, how to use different cameras, microphones and other equipment. My favorite part of the week was the chance to meet new friends who share similar interests. It was fun to see different parts of the city and see a school that I've been wanting to go to for years now." — City Charter High School student
  • "My favorite part of the week was touring KDKA-TV and watching a live taping. I also enjoyed writing my story because I loved my topic (fashion). It was so much fun doing the research and conducting interviews. I came all the way from New Jersey for this workshop and really enjoyed exploring the city and being on the Point Park campus!" — Holy Cross Academy High School student


  • Workshop sessions will be held in the University's new Center for Media Innovation.
  • Late afternoon/evening will involve social activities and field trips. 

Questions about the summer workshop? Contact Robin Cecala, assistant professor of broadcast production: rcecala@pointpark.edu

High School Media Day

The School of Communication hosts High School Media Day twice a year at Point Park University. High school students and teachers are invited to the event to learn about media and communication industries.

Point Park faculty members lead interactive sessions within their specialty areas; topics include: advertising, broadcasting, media ethics, multimedia, photojournalism and public relations. The program includes lunch and the option to have a Point Park professor critique your high school’s student newspaper.

Previous Media Day sessions have included:

  • Journalism: Getting the story. How to get sources to talk to you.
  • Broadcasting: Announcing 101. Doing better voiceovers.
  • Photojournalism: Putting together the best photo slideshows using free web tools.
  • PR/Advertising: How to get the best contact list for your beat.
  • Multimedia/Web: Aggregating Controversy. Using Storify to tell the whole story.
  • Media Law: First Amendment freedoms. What rights do students have to write about controversial issues?
  • Design: Issues-based graphic design.
  • Photography: Learn about aesthetics, ethical issues about cropping and what we should show to the public.
  • Media Ethics: Do the right thing. Ethical guidelines for student reporters.

What past participants have said about Media Day:

  • "I learned how to perfect my writing and work with a word count. It taught me how to make my ideas concise and to the point. I've already been accepted into Point Park's journalism program and I've heard so many good things about it. " — Andrew Domencic, a senior at Avonworth High School. Aspiring reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • "I really enjoyed taking the media ethics workshop with Professor Tim Hudson. I had a lot of fun being on campus and got a taste of what it would be like to go to school at Point Park." — Julia Maruca, a sophomore at North Allegheny High School. Aspiring print journalist.
  • "Our students that are interested in a career in media have been coming to Point Park for several years. Our students find the hands-on sessions to be very rewarding." — Sally Meyers, teacher at Fox Chapel Area High School.
  • "I participated in media day and had the opportunity to meet professors who had real-world work experience. I loved being in a city, right in the heart of the news and close to big news agencies." — Alumna Nikki Porter, reporter/anchor.
  • "I considered Point Park after attending a journalism workshop. I discovered Point Park’s multimedia major that had this unique combination. I was also impressed by its small class sizes, city location and great reputation." — Alumna Erin Price, web designer/developer.

Questions about media day? Contact Nan Knapp, administrative assistant, 412-392-4730 or nknapp@pointpark.edu.