• Journalists Wanted!  Point Park University

    Grades 8-12

    Journalists and journalistic work are more important than ever today. This apprenticeship introduces students to the tradition of journalistic work in the United States from the Founding Fathers to today.  Students will learn how journalists report, interview, develop story sources, write and edit for a variety of journalistic formats: print, online and broadcast. Those formats include news, feature, opinion and analysis stories. Students will write a news or feature article or opinion piece that will be published at the conclusion of the apprenticeship on the Point Park News Service and possibly their own high school media. 

    Sessions are on Wednesdays from 9 until 10 a.m. Assignments will be given between sessions.

    Oct. 7 - Overview and introduction to apprenticeship and journalism.

    October 21 – How journalists work, starting with research, interviewing and reporting. Explanation of how journalists develop sources and collect information for their stories. Discussion begins on topic for students’ journalistic work at the conclusion of the apprenticeship.

    Nov. 4 – The new methods – multimedia, podcasts and more – to reach readers, listeners and viewers.  Students decide on story topics.

    Nov. 18 - Opinion writing and its place and value in journalism and a democracy. Discussion of the three main types: editorials, reviews and columns. Check on story progress. 

    Dec. 2 – The editing process begins with you!  Working in drafts helps writing improve, and so does critique and review by editors and teachers. First article drafts due.

    Dec. 16 - Apprenticeship conclusion and final article drafts due.

    Instructor Bio: Helen Fallon, professor emeritus of journalism, served as the Honors Program director at Point Park University since 2009. Prior to that she helped create and found its School of Communication, serving as acting dean in its initial year of operation, 2008-2009. Before assuming that position, Fallon was chair of the university’s Journalism and Mass Communication Department for nine years. She started teaching full time at the private liberal arts college in 1986 after working for 11 years in the field as a reporter, copy editor and editor for three Western Pennsylvania newspapers and a brief stint in health-care public relations. 

    In addition to teaching, Fallon continues to work as a part-time copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a position she has held since 1987. 

    She actively supports high school journalism education and has given or led many workshops and lectures to high school journalism students and their teachers throughout her teaching career.