PBMF calling for Robert L. Vann Media Awards submissions

Edwina Kaikai, former assistant managing editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Christopher T. Moore, on-air host at WQED; and Harold Hayes, reporter at KDKA-TV, attend PBMF's 40/30 Anniversary Gala on Sept. 20, 2013, at the University of Pittsburgh.  The gala included the Robert L. Vann Media Awards.

Edwina Kaikai, former assistant managing editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Christopher T. Moore, on-air host at WQED; and Harold Hayes, reporter at KDKA-TV, attend PBMF’s 40/30 Anniversary Gala on Sept. 20, 2013, at the University of Pittsburgh. The gala included the Robert L. Vann Media Awards.

PBMF is looking for the best of journalism in Western Pennsylvania.  Submit your print, broadcast, photography and online work for the annual Robert L. Vann Media Awards.  The deadline to apply is April 30.  To apply, click here.

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Apply for the Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop!

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Applications are being accepted for the 31st annual Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop, a residential program that will take place from Saturday, Aug. 2, to Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Point Park University.   During the free workshop, which is led by media professionals, high school students and recent graduates produce projects in print, online, photo, radio and television journalism.  The deadline to apply is May 15.  To apply, click here.

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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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The Pittsburgh Press Club presents Reports From Haiti Luncheon

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The Pittsburgh Press Club has joined the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation to present Reports From Haiti. 

In September, five alumni of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop and a professional photographer mentor traveled to Haiti. The fellows were in Haiti to report on post-earthquake recovery and stabilization efforts in the country.

Please join us for lunch on Thursday, Nov. 14, noon, at the Engineers Club to hear the fellows’ fascinating reports:

Deborah Todd, Post-Gazette reporter
Sonya Toler, writer, editor
Lisa Kay Davis, freelance writer
Anthony Cave, freelance writer
Richena Brockinson, independent photographer
Ken Neely, independent photographer

Luncheon reservations are required with payment by Monday, Nov. 11. Press Club members and students are $20; Pittsburgh Black Media Federation (PBMF) Members are $15; nonmembers $25. Tables of 10 cost $200.

PBMF Members can pay on our website using PayPal. All others may send checks to The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, Engineers’ Building, 337 Fourth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222; or To pay online, go to the Press Club Make a Payment page. Their website is www.westernpapressclub.org

Questions? Call 412.956.2175

PBMF Members. To make payment click here.

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Read reports from Haiti!

The public market in Kenscoff sells everything from sugarcane to sandals. Despite the market’s bustling scene, women are given priority as men often show chivalry.  Photo by Kenneth Neely.

The public market in Kenscoff sells everything from sugarcane to sandals. Despite the market’s bustling scene, women are given priority as men often show chivalry. Photo by Anthony Cave.

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s 2013 Haitian Storytelling Fellows are documenting recovery and stabilization efforts in Haiti with print, photo, video and social media platforms.  The fellows, who arrived in Haiti on Sunday, will be working in the country until Sept. 29.  Their work will be posted on this website throughout the week.  To read the fellows’ reports and view their photos, click here.


 

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2013 Haitian Storytelling Fellows named

Haiti flagThe Pittsburgh Black Media Federation has named its 2013 Haitian Storytelling Fellows, who will travel to Haiti to write about recovery and stabilization efforts in the country Sept. 22 to 29.  To find out who the fellows are, click here.

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Thank you, Pittsburgh! You showed up and showed out!

Click here to view the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s 2013 Photo Slideshow

Vocalist Devan Rue performing at the 2013 Soul Café, presented by the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation.

Vocalist Devan Rue performing at the 2013 Soul Café, presented by the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation. Click here to access the 2013 Soul Cafe? webpage.

Thank you for your tremendous support at the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s Soul Café. You showed up and showed out! The Soul Café was amazing and we enjoyed celebrating with you.

This year’s Soul Café was a huge success. I am happy to announce we raised a record amount for our Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop scholarship fund. We could not have done that without you.

As we celebrate 30 years of the workshop, we also celebrate the 40th anniversary of PBMF. You reminded us of the important role that our organization has played in Pittsburgh.

To our Soul Café emcee, Brother Marlon, featured speaker, Robert Hill, and venue, Roland’s Seafood Grill, thank you.

To our artists, you are so gifted and unique. We appreciate you donating your time and blessing our program with your gifts. Kudos!

To our guests and sponsors, your support was integral to the success of the Soul Café. Thank you.

Please keep in touch with us. Visit us at www.pbmf.org, “like” us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter @pghblackmedia. We look forward to celebrating African-American sights, songs and stories with you at next year’s Soul Café.

Thank you again!

Tonita L. Davidson, president of PBMF

Click here for more information about the Soul Café.

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Delegates of the 2012 One Young World summit visit Homewood for a PBMF panel discussion

Delegates of the One Young World summit, which is a not-for-profit organization that provides opportunities for young adults to join in a global network of socially committed individuals with leadership potential, visited Homewood’s Diverse Banquet Hall and a forum that was sponsored by the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation in October.

 

 

 

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