Application deadline extended to May 20 for Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop

Students in the 32nd annual Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop record a newscast at KDKA-TV in August 2015.

Students in the 32nd annual Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop record a newscast at KDKA-TV in August 2015.

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation is accepting applications for its 33rd annual Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop for teens.  The residential program will be held July 30-Aug. 6, 2016, at Point Park University.  The application deadline has been extended to May 20. For more information, click here.
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Robert L. Vann Media Awards Finalists Announced

PBMF is proud to announce the finalists for its 28th annual Robert L. Vann Media Awards.  For nearly 30 years, the awards contest annually has recognized excellence in journalism coverage of the African-American community of Western Pennsylvania.  This year’s awards dinner will be held May 19 at the University of Pittsburgh’s O’Hara Student Center.  To buy tickets and/or sponsorships, and see the list of awards finalists, click here.
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PBMF and WTAE Meet About Anchor Wendy Bell’s Comments, Plan to Partner on Diversity

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation and WTAE-TV have agreed to an ongoing collaboration related to improving news coverage of communities of color in the Pittsburgh region.  PBMF board members and WTAE management met Wednesday to discuss the station’s response to anchor Wendy Bell’s recent racially offensive post on her station-affiliated Facebook account, and to discuss other issues related to diversity.  Read PBMF’s full statement here.
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Pittsburgh media group invites dialogue after WTAE anchor’s racially offensive Facebook post

The recent reckless statements WTAE veteran anchor and reporter Wendy Bell made, on her station-affiliated Facebook account, about African-American males deserved her eventual apology.  The irresponsible statements demonstrate a persistent problem with how African-Americans are negatively stereotyped by too many journalists and news organizations.  Read the full statement here.
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