Fall semesters are beginning at local universities and colleges and so it is at Post-Gazette University, or PGU, an ongoing community outreach initiative for continuing education, discovery and life enhancement.
Hundreds of "students" have already enjoyed the eclectic mix of workshops taught by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staffers, offered as a joint program of the Post-Gazette and the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh, which represents newsroom staff at the paper.
This semester again provides a diverse offering of classes taught by editors (including the executive editor), writers, photographers and an advertising manager.
All workshops will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Post-Gazette's Downtown offices, 34 Boulevard of the Allies, unless otherwise noted. Free parking provided.
To register for one or more courses, visit www.post-gazette.com/pgu or call 412-263-1302.
The course schedule is as follows:
• Past History and Current Events (Sept. 18, 7-9 p.m.)
Executive editor David M. Shribman shares his historical analysis in relation to current events. Cost: $35
• Beer: It's a 'Burgh Thing (Oct. 2, 7-9 p.m.)
Food editor Bob Batz Jr. on beer with a guest speaker on the history of beer in Pittsburgh and a tasting from Roundabout Brewery. Held at Fort Pitt Museum. Cost: $40
• Deep Coverage: The Steelers (Oct. 16, 7-9 p.m.)
Assistant managing editor/sports Jerry Micco and Steelers reporter Ed Bouchette offer the inside scoop on the Steelers, with help from the team's communications coordinator Burt Lauten. Cost: $35
• Action Photos: Point-and-Shoot Perfection (Oct. 26, 1-3 p.m.)
Photo content editor John Butler explains how to take great action photographs with your digital point-and-shoot camera, followed by mentored action photography at Point State Park. Cost: $35
• Journalism for Juniors (Nov. 6, 7-9 p.m.)
Breaking news editor Jacob Sanders conducts a journalism workshop for teens and young adults, with guest speaker executive editor David Shribman on journalism ethics. Cost: $35 ($25 for high school and college newspaper staff)
• Fish On (Nov. 16, 6 a.m.-9:30 p.m.)
Outdoors editor John Hayes leads a daylong bus trip to fish for steelhead in Lake Erie tributaries, with a tour of a steelhead hatchery, guest speaker fish biologist Chuck Murray and on-the-stream coaching. Bus leaves from Post-Gazette. Cost: $50
• #Small Business: Using Social Media (Nov. 19, 7-9 p.m.)
Assistant managing editor/social media Mila Sanina and digital services manager James Bissell offer tips on finding and retaining new customers via social media outlets. Cost: $35
• Researching Public Records (Dec. 4, 7-9 p.m.)
Reporter Rich Lord shows how to use the Internet to access public records, including criminal background checks, real estate transactions, marital records and more. Cost: $35