Post-Gazette Internship – Week 6!

Monday 6/25 I had off today because I was scheduled a Saturday shift this week. I still tuned in for an hour-long webinar hosted by the Online News Association called How Reporters Can Integrate New Media Tools with Stephanie Arnold. The seminar featured apps and tips for journalists trying to stay organized, accurate and relevant in…

Pittsburgh let the dogs out

June 22, 2018 The dog days of summer don’t officially begin until early July, but it was doggy days Friday at UPMC’s Hillman Cancer Center and at the City-County Building. UPMC recognized therapy dogs with a “Silver Paw Award” to mark their fifth year of volunteering at the cancer center. Frankie and Corey, 11-year-old retired…

Kennywood’s Phantom’s Revenge places third in national poll

June 22, 2018 Although Kennywood’s Phantom’s Revenge may be a Pittsburgh favorite, the coaster didn’t quite snag the number one spot in USA Today’s 2018 Reader’s Choice for “Favorite Roller Coaster in America.” USA Today announced the top 10 winners at noon on Friday, selected from the public’s votes. Phantom placed honorably in the third spot…

Good Samaritan finds lost wedding shoe owner through social media

June 20, 2018 Without the help of a social media-savvy good Samaritan, bride-to-be Justyna Ausareny could have been walking down the aisle barefoot. On her way to her final dress fitting last Wednesday, Ms. Ausareny’s fiance, Gordon Bailey, carried the shoes out to the car. In the process of rearranging items in the vehicle, he…

Post-Gazette Internship – Week 5!

Monday 6/18 We had a Q&A session with the PG Editorial Director, Kieth Burris this morning to address the Rob Rogers ordeal. I had a meeting today to launch my “Sounds of Pittsburgh” project, an interactive web feature that focuses on the sound and architecture of a few key spots around Pittsburgh. I’ll be working…

Post-Gazette Internship – Week 4!

Monday 6/11 It was a big day for international news, with the Singapore Summit! This day that will surely go down in history. But now, we wonder, what will come of it? Today, I worked on spreadsheets to organize my larger projects, “Sounds of Pittsburgh” and “PG Vs.” I also did some preliminary research in…

Black bear sighted in Morningside, Highland Park

June 13, 2018 Bears are becoming a common sight across the Pittsburgh area this summer. Residents in White Hall, Swissvale, Edgewood and Greenfield have reportedly witnessed black bears over the past few weeks. The most recent sighting? Morningside and Highland Park… Read more at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette… Visual courtesy of Pittsburgh Public Safety.

Post-Gazette Internship – Week 3!

Monday 6/4 Today, I did a lot of reading and searching for stories through social media and news outlets. I also ended up finding a story that I was able to write from a reporter’s notes who attended the announcement of disaster preparedness community classes by the city of Pittsburgh. Tuesday 6/5 My story wasn’t…

Mayor Peduto unveils Prepared Pittsburgh, community-conscious climate initiative

June 4, 2018 AmeriCorps VISTA fellow Michael Roth and Mayor Bill Peduto announced Monday the city’s new climate change initiative “Prepared Pittsburgh.” The program will provide free community classes across the city surrounding “climate-related risks and ongoing stresses affecting their communities.” “All these programs not only make us a stronger community; they make us stronger individually,” Mr. Peduto…

What’s going on with Point State Park’s main fountain?

June 5, 2018 Despite the recent warm and sunny weather, a Pittsburgh summer staple will be making a later appearance than usual this year. The Point State Park fountain’s main center spray, which can push water up to 120 feet, is currently under repair due to spring’s excessive, lingering flood season… Read more at the…