Point Park University
Sessions: 6 | Students: 20 | Grades: 9-12 | Meets: Varies

Total Costs: A $75.00 registration fee payable to Allegheny Intermediate Unit is due when Apprenticeship Application Page is mailed to our office.

Students will explore broadcast journalism as a career opportunity. Students will be provided with an overview of broadcast journalism by Point Park faculty, and they will also meet broadcast professionals. Visits are planned to a TV station and possibly a radio station. Students will get an opportunity to know and experience what it will take to be on air talent or work behind the scenes as a writer, producer, director, and multimedia journalist.

All sessions will meet on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in Room 608 Academic Hall, Point Park University, 201 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Session 1 – Jan. 19 - (8:30-10:30am) Introduction / Multimedia Journalism skills

Session 2 – Feb. 2 - (8:30-10:30am) On-Camera Reporting Skills // Standing/Live Shots // Reporting from the News Desk w/teleprompter //// Note-taking and reporting skills

Session 3 – Feb. 16 - (8:30-10:30am) Shooting video // Understanding sequences and visual storytelling.

Session 4 – Mar 2- (8:30-10:30am) Interviewing Skills: Sit-down interviews and Man-on-the-Street (MOS) interviews

Session 5 – Mar 16 - (8:30-10:30am) Studio show production

Session 6 – Mar 30 -(8:45-10:00 am)
WQED Tour- Entire session at WQED—4802 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 – in Oakland next to Central Catholic High School. (Parents may drop off and pick up students in the upper parking lot to the left of the WQED building.)

About the Instructor

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, and educator who has worked both nationally and locally in her fields since 1987. Currently, Catanzarite operates her company, Arania Productions, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, 2 Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her many professional honors. Catanzarite writes and produces a variety of talk programs and documentaries and her
subject specialties include public affairs issues, science/health topics, education topics, and workforce development. She currently is the producer of the on-going talk show iQ:SmartParent, airing nationally on PBS; and other recent projects include the Emmy-award winning documentaries The Race to Save Pennsylvania’s Bats and Bedtime Story: The Troubling Truth About Teens & Sleep. Other documentaries for PBS include Defeating Cancer, hosted by Sharon Osbourne; and Making a Difference, hosted by Danny Glover. She also is the co-author of Lucille’s Car Clinic and Riding the AirWaves, and she is a regular contributor, judge and critic for the highly respected Parents’ Choice Foundation. Catanzarite also has been an adjunct faculty member at Point Park University in Pittsburgh since 2006, teaching a range of broadcasting writing, copywriting, and on-camera performance classes. She holds a Master’s degree for Journalism Educators from Kent State University and a B.A. in Non-Fiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh.