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.

This apprenticeship introduces students to reporting and writing skills required of journalists, no matter what media print or broadcast they work for on a daily basis. Students will learn how to report, interview, develop story sources, write and edit for a variety of journalistic writing formats. Those formats will include news, feature, opinion and analysis stories used in the profession. Students will write a news or feature article or opinion piece that will be published at the conclusion of the apprenticeship.

Sessions are on Fridays from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m. at Point Park University, 201 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Room 409 Academic Hall.


September 8 - Overview and introduction to apprenticeship and journalistic writing and style.

September 22 - Reporting and interviewing. Explanation of how journalists develop sources and collect information. Interviewing and reporting exercise.

October 6 - News and feature writing: the difference between these two major forms of journalistic writing. Discussion begins on student work due at the end of the apprenticeship.

October 20 - Opinion writing. Discussion of the three types of opinion writing: editorials, reviews and columns

November 3 - First article drafts due. Point Park HS Media Day.

November 17 - Final article drafts due. Discussion of editing process and apprenticeship conclusion.

Instructor Bio: Helen Fallon has 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 her 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.