Point Park Center for Media Innovation celebrates first year, honors Scaife
The Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University will celebrate its one-year anniversary Tuesday with two student-moderated panel discussions and the dedication of a plaque honoring Dick Scaife, late owner of Trib Total Media and chairman of the Allegheny Foundation, which provided a grant to build the center.
“Mr. Scaife often talked about ‘investment in ideas,' and how much he believed that a free, independent press plays a critical role in democracy,” said Andrew Conte, the center's director and a former investigative reporter at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We are pleased to honor his legacy with this plaque as we prepare a new generation of students to become innovative storytellers.”
The dedication will be at 1 p.m. at the center on Wood Street in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Former Trib Total Media board member Yale Gutnick, Point Park President Paul Hennigan and Conte will speak during the ceremony.
From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Point Park students will moderate a panel discussion with Don Marinelli, director of innovation, 535media/Inven Global; John Chamberlin and Frank Murgia, hosts of YaJagoff! Podcasts and Pittsburgh Podcast Network; and Rob Taylor, managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier.
A second panel, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., will feature Eric Heyl, field editor of the Pittsburgh-area Patch.com sites and former Trib columnist; AmyJo Brown, founding editor of Grant's Hill, a media technology startup based on local government reporting; Ann Belser, founding editor of Print, a print-only newspaper serving the East End; and Alyse Horn, editor of Storyburgh, a nonprofit community storytelling platform.