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Not enemies, but patriots

I am not your enemy, and you are not mine. 
It seems like a simple thing to say, from one American to another. Yet, CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta reminded us of this when he spoke at the CMI’s Media Innovators Speaker Series. 
President Trump targets journalists when he labels stories he doesn’t like as “fake news” and when he calls reporters such as Acosta, “enemies of the people.” 
Speaking to a sold-out audience from the stage of the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Acosta invoked the legacy of Mr. Rogers by calling all of us – in the media, in politics, in the public – to treat each other better, with more civility. 
“We’re all Americans; we’re all on the same team,” he said. “And we have to reconnect with that spirit. Let’s get back to that place where we all see each other as Americans again.” 
Journalists are not only people too, but also American citizens. The media play an important role as The Fourth Estate, as a check on government. Asking challenging questions does not turn journalists into enemies of the people; it makes them patriots.

– Director Andrew Conte and CMI staff

Above: Point Park University senior Brianna McCall interviews Jim Acosta, chief White House correspondent for CNN.  Below: Acosta reacts as CMI Director Andrew Conte asks a question during the Media Innovators Speakers Series on Feb. 6 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Photos by John Altdorfer.

Doris O'Donnell Fellowship winner meets with students as project continues

Erica Hensley, the inaugural winner of the Doris O' Donnell Innovations in Investigative Journalism Fellowship, visited Point Park University the week of Jan. 27 to advance her research and work examining lead exposure and its impacts on vulnerable populations. She met with two journalism classes, and an environmental health class, which will each be helping to support her work. Point Park's environmental health students have combed through data and are extrapolating insights. Point Park's journalism students have the opportunity to support collaborative efforts through storytelling. Hensley will be returning to Point Park in April to present her final project. Photo by Tyler Polk

The annual fellowship is made possible through a three-year grant from the Allegheny Foundation.

Read more here.

'Protect yourself' by learning copyright laws, photographer tells McKeesport group

On Feb. 3, commercial photographer Elliott Cramer gave an informative and entertaining presentation to McKeesport Community Newsroom participants and Penn State Greater Allegheny students at the McKeesport campus about why photographers, writers, designers and musicians need to be knowledgeable about federal copyright laws and procedures in order to have a long and successful career in the arts. Cramer closed his presentation with four pieces of advice: Be Amazing, Create Great Things, Take Chances and Protect Yourself. 

Photo by Martha Rial

All-Abilities Media discusses work with Duquesne students, national conference

In one of the latest videos published from the All-Abilities Media Project, Point Park University acting student Emily Harnett shares a dramatic reading of her life story.

"I'm a kid," she says. "Kids are running, playing and laughing, carefree. I'm running and playing and laughing, but my time is cut short."

The project's journalists, based at the CMI, are working hard to create content, and continually adding more accessibility features – triple-checking and painstakingly rewriting captions, for example, so those with hearing impairments don't have to rely on the often inaccurate auto-generated captions.

Project manager Jennifer Szweda Jordan recently spoke to Duquesne University psychology students enrolled in an "Unpacking Ableism" course. She led a discussion about media portrayals of people with disabilities, which raised questions such as: Are adults with disabilities infantilized in YouTube videos or news reports? How can we give greater agency to people with disabilities to represent themselves and the issues important to them?

All-Abilities Media focuses on ensuring that this vulnerable group leads the public conversation about their lives instead of social service agencies and family members, who were their primary public voice in the past.

All-Abilities Media parallels the national trend of people with disabilities advocating for themselves. Last fall, Szweda Jordan was invited to speak to the board of the National Center on Disability and Journalism during its conference at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University in Phoenix. 

On March 3, the All-Abilities Media team will be a part of the free Disability & Mental Health Summit organized by state Rep. Dan Miller, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. More than 230 regional disability service organizations will be represented.

To learn more, or to participate in this work, please contact

Student profile: Nicole Fuschino  

"My internship at the TODAY Show was a dream come true ... Without taking advantage of the opportunities Pittsburgh and Point Park had to offer, I am confident that I would have never been able to intern at TODAY."

Read more on School of Communication's website.

On Media: How much does Pittsburgh sports drive web traffic? More than you think.

What really sells is hope, DK Pittsburgh Sports founder Dejan Kovacevic, tells CMI Director Andrew Conte, who serves as NextPittsburgh's public editor.

Read more here.

TONIGHT: Pittsburgh City Paper and PublicSource present:

Pittsburgh Black Media Panel 

with support from Pittsburgh Black Media Federation and the August Wilson African American Cultural Center is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 in the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, 980 Liberty Ave., in downtown Pittsburgh. Free admission, with cash bar. Visit Eventbrite for more information and to register.

Learn more: NextPittsburgh's On Media column or WESA-FM's The Confluence

Thousands in scholarships from media groups available, deadlines soon

The YaJagoff podcast, hosted by John Chamberlin and Rachael Rennebeck, recently visited the CMI to record an episode with retired Steelers' linebacker Arthur Moats. The pair talked with him about his book, "Moats' Theory of Life: A Guide to Becoming a Person of Impact and Inspiration." Photo by Nick Ruffalo

Listen to the episode, which also features CMI Director Andrew Conte, here.

News about news: Contempt charges considered for P-G, WaPo takes on TikTok

Post-Gazette: Judge satisfied media understand rules during jury selection

The judge who threatened to hold the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a photographer for the newspaper in contempt over two pictures taken during jury selection for the Wilkinsburg mass shooting case changed course on [Jan.10].

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski, instead, decided that his goals of providing a fair and just trial for the defendants while ensuring local media are aware of rules governing photography have now been met.
Pittsburgh Business Times: Point Park, C4CS partner for media skills and spokesperson training 
Point Park University announced Wednesday that it was collaborating on a media skills and spokesperson training program with C4CS, a Pittsburgh-based international strategic communications and crisis management consultancy.

The training services are intended for businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and other groups looking to improve their media interview skills, particularly in interviews that take place live on television. The training will be held in Point Park's Center for Media Innovation, a 4,000-square-foot facility that features state-of-the-art multimedia and broadcasting production studios and equipment, utilizing the space to prepare executives and spokespersons for live TV interviews.

The training services are available now, a press release said.
In a little more than six months, The Washington Post has become a model for how other publishers can capitalize on the burgeoning platform.

Given its chaotic nature and absurdist humor, TikTok is a tough platform to master. For [Post video producer Dave] Jorgenson, picking a character and sticking with it has led to success.
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Newsletter compiled by CMI Graduate Assistant Stacey Federoff

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