Local press clubs to host National Press Club president Jeff Ballou

Save the date for noon, Sept. 23, 2017, when National Press Club President Jeff Ballou, a native of Pittsburgh, visits the Engineer’s Society, 337 Fourth Ave., Downtown Pittsburgh.

Ballou was installed in January as the 110th president of the National Press Club, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., with more than 3,500 members.


He is a news editor at Al Jazeera Media Network, where he helped launch the English language channel in 2006. Ballou also helped to establish the channel’s U.S. State Department and Congressional beats and is part of a global editorial leadership team.
Previously he worked at WTTG-TV/FOX 5 DC as a planning editor, at CONUS as a producer, and at C-SPAN, WAMU and National Public Radio.

Ballou graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and African-American studies from Penn State University. He taught at Howard University while earning a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University. He resides in Washington, D.C.

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, the Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh and Online News Association Pittsburgh are hosting this event.

Tickets: $25 for members of The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and $30 for nonmembers. Use the Paypal button below.



Jasiri X kicks off Point Park University's Talk Back Series

The Press Club is proud to be a co-sponsor of Point Park University's upcoming Talk Back series @Pittsburgh Playhouse in Oakland. Speaker Jasiri X will kick off the series, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19. Future speakers are Christopher Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax (Nov. 8, 2017) and NFL correspondent John Clayton (March 19, 2018). Press Club members get a 50 percent discount, paying $25 per ticket. Please see flier for details.

Jasiri X will bring his insight on race relations in America to the stage of the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

This interactive presentation provides the audience with an opportunity to join in the discussion by engaging the speaker in a question-and-answer-session.


Upcoming Programs at the Center for Media Innovation

Point Park University's Center for Media Innovation and Tribune-Review are hosting a multi-week "Videolicious" training beginning Wednesday, Sept. 20. This free training will teach media professionals, citizen journalists and students how to shoot and edit high-quality video packages on a smartphone.

Participants will make their own videos inspired by the theme "Pittsburgh, A Recycled City."

Find more information on eventbrite.com.

Attention Students: The PCenter for Media Innovation is sponsoring a video contest along with CMU's Steinbrenner Institute. The theme is "Pittsburgh (not) to Paris Climate Multimedia Challenge," and the prize is two tickets to Paris. Students must create a 60-second video about climate change. (For students, the above Videolicious training would dovetail with this contest opportunity.) Find details here.