Resume and Contact

Alexander Popichak
Multimedia journalist, producer and director

Alexander Popichak is a multimedia journalist, producer and director based in Pittsburgh, Pa. His journalistic work has been published by 90.5 WESA - Pittsburgh's NPR News Station, the Pittsburgh City Paper, 535media's upgruv, the Point Park University Globe, WPPJ 670-AM and Point Park's U-View Television. Production credits include production, organization and direction of the Point ______ Live! television event, direction of WPPJ's 2016 Election Night coverage, the Globe's Pioneer Public video series, Point Park's Pioneer Spotlight series and Chairshot Reality

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Education
B.A. Broadcast Production and Media Management
2015 - Present
Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA

Minor: Journalism
Graduation: December 2018

Diploma
2009 - 2015
Carlynton Junior-Senior High School, Carnegie, PA

Graduation Date: June 12, 2015 Class Rank: 10/92 GPA: 4.0

Experience
WPPJ, 670 AM - Pittsburgh
January 2018 - Present
General Manager

Oversees day-to-day operation of a student radio station based in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh City Paper
August 2018 - Present
Digital Associate

Working on all aspects of digital strategy, editorial, design and whatever else the boss tells me to do.

Point Park Globe
2015 - 2017
Editor-in-Chief

Managed staff as head administrator, coordinated publication and layout, and wrote pieces

Highlights: coordinated 2017 Inauguration Coverage, planned and executed 50th Anniversary Edition and Celebration

Print circulation: 1,000 Online Reach: 400 Weekly Previous positions: Editor-Elect, News Editor Click here for my full Globe Profile

Point Park University Student Production Services
August 2017 - Present
Studio Apprentice

Manages and maintains studio facilities for use by various internal and external television and cinema productions.

90.5 WESA-FM, Pittsburgh's NPR News Station
Summer 2017
Production Assitant

Pitched, wrote and produced content for 90.5 WESA. Duties included conducting interviews, recording spots and pitching features.

Project Highlight: From Highways To Runways: In Search Of The Noisiest Spot In Pittsburgh For WESA's Good Question Series, I wrote and produced this feature in search of the noisiest spot in Pittsburgh. This is the resulting package:

For my 90.5 WESA profile, click here

Point Park Television's Point ______ Live!
2018
Executive Producer

Oversaw execution of live sketch comedy show March 25, 2018.

Executive Producer
October 2016 - Present
Point Park NewsNight

Crafts and presents long-form enterprise segments, produces, writes and directs live-to-tape news show. Created show with Robert Bertha. Click here for a sample reel of NewsNight.

News Director
January 2017 - May 2017
WPPJ 670 AM - Pittsburgh

Developed on-air news updates and features for Point Park's student-run radio station, WPPJ.

Technical Director
January 2017 - May 2017
Pioneer Spotlight, Point Park Athletics

Directed live-to-tape weekly feature program for Point Park's Athletics department. Worked alongside host Josh Croup to produce weekly web feature. Guests were athletes and coaches from around the Point Park athletic world.

Editor-Elect (Managing Editor)
February 2016 - December 2016
Point Park Globe

Supervised staff, critiqued layout and wrote pieces

535Media, LLC / Upgruv
Summer 2016
Editorial Intern

Aggregated and wrote content for a trending news website

Project Highlight: The Stanley Cup Tracker Developed and created a map documenting the travels of the Stanley Cup following the Pens' 2016 Stanley Cup win.

For my upgruv.com profile, click here.

Point Park Globe
September 2015 - February 2016
News Editor

Pitched, edited, wrote, and created layout of weekly newspaper’s news section

Leadership Roles and Experience
Point Park University Office of Student Life
August 2016 - May 2017
Resident Educator

Planned and executed community-centric events and programming, mediated roommate conflicts, managed programming deadlines and managed crises as needed.

United Student Government of Point Park University
September 2015 - May 2016
Senator

Served as a representative for School of Communication, served on communication committee and planned 2016 Pioneer Community Day service event, placing 70+ volunteers across the Greater Pittsburgh Area to donate 4+ hours of service

Awards and Recognition
  • 2018 Region 4 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence winner for Breaking News Reporting and finalist for Breaking News Reporting and Editorial Writing
  • 2017 Region 4 SPJ Mark of Excellence finalist for Photography
  • Winner, 2017 Intercollegiate Broadcast Service “Best Celebrity interview” award for interview with Sarah Koenig
  • Winner, 2017 U-View Television Dale Award for Best Overall Production for NewsNight
  • Point Park University Presidential Scholarship
  • Dean’s List
  • Eagle Scout, Troop 831 in Carnegie, PA (November 14, 2014)
Memberships and Associations:
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • Broadcast Education Association
  • National Eagle Scout Association Life Member