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High School Programs

The School of Communication hosted the fall 2014 High School Media Day on Nov. 14. Photo | Victoria A. Mikula "I would recommend this workshop to students who are truly passionate about this field. It gave me such an outstanding example of what I want to do in my career." — Avonworth High School student

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.  During the summer, individual students can take part in our week-long Media Workshop, an intensive, hands-on experience in which students produce photographic, video, print and online projects. During the academic year, school groups visit for High School Media Day, one in the fall, one in the spring.

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



Summer Media Workshops for High School Students

Check back for the 2015 workshop information, and save the dates: June 14-19, 2015
Point Park University campus, Downtown Pittsburgh 

Explore Your Future in Journalism!

Get a taste of your career-to-be at one of our interactive multimedia workshops – learn about writing, video, audio, web, photography and social media!

Students can choose from two residential workshops, sports media or arts and entertainment. Students will meet journalists in their chosen specialty and get to tour Pittsburgh's best venues. In the past, students have visited PNC Park, CONSOL Energy Center and Stage AE. Students have also soaked up the Pittsburgh experience, riding the Duquesne Incline, visiting the Mt. Washington Overlook and taking in the Three Rivers Arts Festival.

What will you do in these workshops?

  • Learn and apply aesthetics in photography, video, web design and print design.
  • Develop better skills in writing, researching and interviewing.
  • Work under deadline to create individual pieces for your portfolio.
  • Practice with industry-standard hardware and software.
  • Network with professionals in your chosen field.

What past participants have said about Summer Media Workshops:

  • "I really liked living on Point Park's campus because of the location. This week helped me decide that I want to attend a college in a city like Pittsburgh." — Shaler Area High School student
  • "I want to be a news anchor, so my favorite experience was working in the TV studio and getting on-camera experience. I would recommend this workshop to students who are truly passionate about this field. It gave me such an outstanding example of what I want to do in my career." — Avonworth High School student
  • "This is my second time doing this workshop. I highly enjoyed it last year, so I wanted to do it again before my senior year. I absolutely love Pittsburgh and can't wait to attend Point Park." — Wallenpaupack Area High School student

Join us!

  • Cost includes one workshop, residence hall room, two meals per day and social activities. (Students stay overnight in a residence hall, Sunday-Friday, on campus).
  • Scholarships available.
  • Questions? Contact Cindy Orchard, cjenko@pointpark.edu or 412-392-4743

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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.

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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.