2016 Robert L. Vann Media Awards Set for May 19

PBMF is calling for entries for its 2016 Robert L. Vann Media Awards contest.  The contest recognizes excellence in journalism coverage of the African-American community of Western Pennsylvania.  The deadline to enter is Feb. 26 and the winners will be announced at a dinner May 19. For contest, ticket and sponsorship information, click here.
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Coats and Cocktails 2015

PBMF thanks everyone who came out to the second annual Coats & Cocktails, a holiday happy hour and coat drive, Dec. 17. We had a great time, while collecting girls’ and young women’s coats and accessories for Gwen Girls, a North Side nonprofit.


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Apply for PBMF Scholarship by Dec. 28

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The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation is pleased to announce a  scholarship award for current college students. The essay-based competition is open to any graduate of PBMF’s Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop who is studying journalism, communications or another media-related field in college.
Entry requirements: Write an essay describing the role that black media can, or should, play in the dissemination of news. The essay should be 300 to 500 typewritten words and must be submitted by midnight EST Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. Submit the document as a Microsoft Word file attachment in an email to scholarship@pbmf.org.
Include an addendum page with the entrant’s name, mailing address, phone number(s), email address, college, year in college, major field of study, and current cumulative grade point average.
PBMF will award a $500 scholarship to the winner by Dec. 31. It’s possible that more than one winner will be chosen. Direct all inquiries to scholarship@pbmf.org.
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Coats & Cocktails 2015

PBMF thanks everyone who came out to the second annual Coats & Cocktails, a holiday happy hour and coat drive, Dec. 17. We had a great time, while collecting girls’ and young women’s coats and accessories for Gwen Girls, a North Side nonprofit.
The event was organized by PBMF’s Special Events Committee, which is chaired by Bofta Yimam.
Photo credits: Allegra Battle, Sheila Beasley, Brian Cook, Clarece Polke, Olga George

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PBMF disappointed in Post-Gazette’s cancelation of meeting on slavery column

(Oct. 9, 2015) —The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation is disappointed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s cancelation of a meeting to discuss the publication of a column about slavery that was rife with misinformation.   Read PBMF’s full statement here.

 

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Congratulations to PBMF’s 2015 Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop Graduates

Students and Co-director Olga George, front right, participate in PBMF’s 32nd annual Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop at Point Park University.

 

PBMF congratulates the 24 graduates of its 32nd annual Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop for teens.  During the workshop, which took place Aug. 1-8 at Point Park University, students produced projects in print, online, photo, radio and television journalism.  Check out their work here.
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PBMF Wins Professional Chapter of the Year Award

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The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation was named a Professional Chapter of the Year at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Minneapolis on Aug. 6.  PBMF tied with the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists for the prestigious award.  PBMF thanks its members and supporters for their dedication and hard work, which helped the organization to achieve the prestigious designation.  It truly is an honor and a privilege to be recognized.
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Media Forum: “From Ferguson to Baltimore: How Facts, Fairness & Firsts Can Collide in Storytelling”

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PBMF will host a forum with journalists, community leaders and others on media coverage of minority communities and images.  The event, which will include a panel, will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. July 8, 2015, at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty branch.  Refreshments will be served.  Register for a free ticket here.

 

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