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Point Park Center for Media Innovation celebrates first year, honors Scaife

| Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, 2:54 p.m.
Students at Point Park University watch the third and last presidential debate at Point Park University's Center for Media Innovation, downtown, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Students at Point Park University watch the third and last presidential debate at Point Park University's Center for Media Innovation, downtown, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.

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 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.

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