Coats & Cocktails at Cavo on Dec. 16

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Join PBMF for Coats & Cocktails, a holiday happy hour and coat drive, at Cavo in the Strip District on Dec. 16.  Come for the hors d’oeuvres, the atmosphere and networking.  We’ll also be collecting coats and winter accessories for those in need.  For tickets, click here.

 

 

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PBMF to co-sponsor Duquense University panel with Zimmerman’s lawyer

In February 2012, George Zimmerman, left, then 28 and a neighborhood watch coordinator, fatally shot Trayvon Martin, 17, who was unarmed, during an altercation.  In July 2013, Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.

In February 2012, George Zimmerman, left, then 28 and a neighborhood watch coordinator, fatally shot Trayvon Martin, 17, who was unarmed, during an altercation. In July 2013, Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation will co-sponsor a Duquesne University School of Law panel event, “Lawyers, the Media, and High-Profile Criminal Cases,” in which George Zimmerman’s defense attorney will be questioned about the role the media played in the Trayvon Martin case and the ethical implications.
PBMF member Letrell Crittenden, who is an assistant professor of communication at Robert Morris University, and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Hardiman will question Zimmerman defense attorney Mark O’Mara and Shawn Vincent, a trial consultant for the defense, during the session at 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom.  To register, click here.
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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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