Social media panel discussion Oct. 16

social media logoPBMF will host a social media panel discussion, “Social Media: Branding, Digging & Storytelling,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 during its general-body meeting.  The session is part of PBMF’s Professional Development Series.  For more information, click here.
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Online ticket sales for the Soul Cafe have ended! Buy tickets at the door.

Soul_ cafe_2014_v.3Treat your senses to a night of sights, songs and stories at the 2014 Soul Café.  Co-hosted by PBMF Vice President Brian Cook, journalist at American Urban Radio Networks, and Brittny McGraw, journalist at WPXI-TV, this year’s Soul Café will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Roland’s Seafood Grill in the Strip District.  Buy tickets at the door tonight.  For more information, click here.
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2014 Vann award winners announced at Pitt reception

PBMF Vice President Brian Cook presented the Legacy Award to veteran journalist Allen King at the 26th annual Robert L. Vann Media Awards on Sept. 4.  The program was held at the University of Pittsburgh's O'Hara Student Center.

PBMF Vice President Brian Cook, right, presented the Legacy Award to veteran journalist Allen King at the 26th annual Robert L. Vann Media Awards on Sept. 4. The program was held at the University of Pittsburgh’s O’Hara Student Center.

PBMF congratulates the winners of its 2014 Robert L. Vann Media Awards.  Winners were announced Sept. 4 at the University of Pittsburgh’s O’Hara Student Center in Oakland.   To see the list of winners, click here.
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‘Still Feel Like Going On’ photo exhibition Aug. 17

SFLGO logoAn exhibition of work by teen boys in PBMF’s “Still Feel Like Going On” photography project is set for 6-8 p.m. Aug. 17.   The free event, which will include a reception, will take place at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Co., 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown.  For more information about the project, click here.
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Got kids’ books? PBMF wants them.

PBMF book flier - general-page-0PBMF is collecting new and gently used children’s books for Pittsburgh Faison K-5 in Homewood, Pittsburgh Manchester PreK-8 and Heritage Community Initiatives, a nonprofit in Braddock. The book drive, PBMF Reads: Project Book Bridge, will run through Aug. 8.  Contact Community Service Chair Clarece Polke at communityservice@pbmf.org or 412-879-0294 to arrange to make a donation.
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Learn the do’s and don’ts of freelancing at panel event

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PBMF will present a panel discussion,  “How to Get Paid in 2014: Working Without Walls in the New Economy,” during its June 19 general-body meeting, which will start at 7 p.m. at Chatham University.  The session will be the first installment in PBMF’s new professional development series.  For more information, click here.
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Apply for the Bolden journalism workshop for teens by Monday!

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The 31st annual Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop is a FREE residential program for rising high school juniors and seniors and new graduates.  The program will take place Aug. 2-9 at Point Park
University.   The workshop application deadline has been extended to June 9.  To apply,
click here.
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PBMF to launch kids’ book drive at Food Revolution Day 2014

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PBMF will launch its children’s book drive, PBMF Reads: Project Book Bridge, at Food Revolution Day 2014 on May 16 at Obama Academy in East Liberty.  During the event, which will take place from 3 to 6 p.m., Cooking Club students will partner with 20 professional chefs to prepare a free “reinvented school lunch menu.”
As an exhibitor, PBMF will talk to students about media professions and social media use, and tape the students in on-the-spot mock interviews.  To join us or get more information, email president@pbmf.org.
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Join PBMF for a media mixer May 21!

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PBMF will host a free media mixer from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 21 at Seviche, 930 Penn Ave., Downtown. Come catch up with old friends and make new ones.  Discounted PBMF memberships will be offered at the mixer. Click the flier for more information.
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PBMF’s new officers to incorporate tradition, fresh ideas

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s newly elected officers want to continue the PBMF’s legacy of supporting journalistic excellence, and bring fresh initiatives to the organization.
PBMF members recently elected journalists Tory N. Parrish as president, Brian Cook as vice president, Merecedes J. Howze as secretary and LaMont Jones Jr. as treasurer-parliamentarian to serve in the 2014-15 term.
Founded in 1973, PBMF is a nonprofit organization that advocates for diversity in newsrooms, hosts programs that recognize excellent media coverage of minority communities and trains young people to enter the media industry.
Its marquee event is the annual Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop, which is a 30-year-old program in which high school students, guided by media professionals, produce projects in print, online, photo, radio and television journalism.
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