Is there a scarcity of journalists in Pittsburgh?


For years, mother and father have been coming to me with frightened seems when their youngsters declare that they wish to examine journalism. (The horror!) I’ve seen a few of our prime journalism college students graduate and select as an alternative to work in public relations (usually for higher beginning cash and common hours).

This rising alternative hole for journalists was speculated to open up over a technology or so, however it exists now after only some years, as many journalists have moved on to different careers and fewer younger individuals are going into the enterprise.

You may see examples within the Pittsburgh media market.

The Publish-Gazette was lucky to choose up meals author Hal B. Klein from Pittsburgh Journal and information editor Mike Wereschagin from The Caucus in Harrisburg. is in search of a brand new Pittsburgh author after the earlier one left. PublicSource, which has had a number of high-profile openings together with a CEO, nonetheless has a posting for a Ok-12 training reporter. The Northside Chronicle wants a brand new managing editor with Ashlee Inexperienced leaving to work on an MFA in inventive writing at George Mason College.

Did I point out that Temple Sinai wants a manufacturing assistant to stream providers on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings? If , attain out to Govt Director Drew Barkley (

To satisfy the demand for journalists, the Pittsburgh Media Partnership (a coalition of 18 native information retailers, together with NEXTPittsburgh — which is at present hiring freelance Information Reporters) is internet hosting its second annual summer time internship program with help from the Henry L. Hillman Basis and The Heinz Endowments.

We’ve 13 younger journalists from 5 universities working in 11 newsrooms. Up to now, they’ve generated greater than 65 written tales, audio information and pictures — principally protecting subjects that in any other case would have been ignored due to dwindling newsrooms.

Once they graduate, we’ll have one other crop of younger journalists able to fill future openings. That’s except they resolve to enter another subject.

Pals and colleagues celebrated Man Junker’s 44 years in journalism by posting photographs of him on social media. Right here, he stands subsequent to former Pirate Mike Easler, who performed in Pittsburgh from 1977 to 1983. Photograph courtesy of @chrisshovlin through Twitter.

Comings & Goings

  • Wealthy Pierce has joined WPXI-TV after spending 9 years at WTOV, the NBC affiliate in Steubenville. A Hopewell native, Pierce posted on Twitter that “It’s been a dream of mine since I used to be a young person to work in my house tv market.”
  • Sports activities anchor and reporter Man Junker retired from WTAE-TV after 44 years in journalism, telling the Publish-Gazette that his profession was a dream: “It’s actually been particular. … I grew up a fan of all these groups.”
  • WTAE-TV has employed weekend sports activities anchor Emily Giangreco away from a station in Austin, Texas. A Washington, D.C., native, she studied journalism at West Virginia College.
  • Tribune-Overview Deputy Managing Editor Jason Cato has returned house to South Carolina to function managing editor of the Charleston Publish and Courier.
  • After Trib Whole Media bought Shady Ave journal in Could, the corporate named John Allison to function its editor.
  • Jackie Palochko has joined the Publish-Gazette as deputy information and investigations editor after working at The Morning Name in Allentown. “It’s a tremendous alternative that I’m very excited for,” she wrote on Twitter.
  • Hallie Lauer, a breaking information reporter on the PG, has moved over as its metropolis corridor reporter.
  • Lacretia Wimbley, a PG reporter who additionally served as president of the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh, stepped right down to take a brand new job at Colorado Public Radio in Denver. She informed the New Pittsburgh Courier that she by no means had been to the Rockies however couldn’t cross up this chance.
  • PublicSource has picked up a number of new hires together with CEO Eric Zack; photographer Stephanie Strasburg, who moved over from the PG; Quinn Glabicki to cowl local weather and surroundings through Report for America; and Amelia Winger to cowl well being and psychological well being.
  • PublicSource additionally named Ted Anthony, the director of latest storytelling and newsroom innovation for the AP, to function interim board president. The earlier president Jim Crutchfield had stayed on previous the top of his time period to supervise the hiring of a CEO.
  • PublicSource has promoted Halle Stockton to editor-in-chief and Wealthy Lord as managing editor. Ryan Loew, who had labored as a visible content material producer, has returned house to function digital information editor for Ideastream Public Media in Cleveland.
  • Jamie Wiggan has joined Metropolis Paper as information editor after enhancing Gazette 2.0, the group newspaper in Stowe and McKees Rocks.
  • Falicia Woody has joined KDKA as a meteorologist after working in Youngstown, Ohio. She wrote on Twitter: “Goals do come true if you put within the onerous work! I’m so excited to hitch such a tremendous & legendary group.”

Andrew Conte, founding director of the Middle for Media Innovation at Level Park College, writes the On Media column at NEXTpittsburgh with help from The Heinz Endowments. You may discover all of his columns right here, and you might e mail him.

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