City of Pittsburgh

Newsapalooza Launches the Pittsburgh Pitch Story Challenge

Olivia Valyo
July 3, 2024
02 min

A competition at Newsapalooza this fall invites the public and professionals to pitch a story – and win money to report it. 

Winners will receive $1,000 to report their story relevant to Southwestern Pennsylvania and get help to publish it. There will be separate categories for journalists, students, and the public. 

Newsapalooza is happening Sept. 26-28 at Point Park University and at locations throughout Allegheny County to promote local news and the power of fact-based stories. 

The story must be reported in the third-person, based on research from objective, verifiable sources, and include interviews of varied perspectives. It should illuminate an issue relevant to Southwestern Pennsylvania in a new way. 

Finalists will present live to a celebrity panel on Sept. 27 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Downtown. Then the audience will select the winning pitches. 

Now accepting submissions until Thursday, Aug. 15.

Any interested applicants can find more details and apply for the challenge by filling out the application form here.

For questions, contact Todd Franko at