Robert L. Vann Media Awards

28TH ANNUAL ROBERT L. VANN MEDIA AWARDS DINNER

6 p.m. Thursday, May 19, 2016
University of Pittsburgh
O’Hara Student Center ballroom
4024 O’Hara St., 2nd floor
Pittsburgh, PA  15213 (Oakland)

With its Awards of Excellence, the 28th annual Robert L. Vann Media Awards will celebrate the best of print, broadcast, photography and online journalism coverage of the African-American community of Western Pennsylvania.

In addition to the Awards of Excellence, three special awards will be presented at the Vann ceremony:

•  The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Harold Hayes, veteran reporter at KDKA-TV.
•  The Legacy Award will be presented to Debbie Norrell, lifestyle editor at the New Pittsburgh Courier and a former radio talk show host and anchor.
•  The Literacy Champion Award will be presented to Lorena Amos, a retired English teacher, co-founder of the United Black Book Clubs of Pittsburgh and literacy advocate.

PBMF member Bofta Yimam, a news anchor at WTAE-TV, and Damany Lewis, a news anchor at WPXI-TV, will co-host the Vann ceremony.

ABOUT THE AWARDS

In 1988, the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation established the Robert L. Vann Media Awards to honor excellence in journalism coverage of the African-American community.  The awards program was named in honor of the late Robert L. Vann, legendary publisher of the Pittsburgh Courier, to recognize his personal commitment to journalism and to creating a voice for the black community.

2016 FINALISTS

See the list of 2016 Robert L. Vann Media Awards finalists: Vann news release 4-14-16 – REVISED PDF.

PAST FINALISTS & WINNERS

See the list of 2015 Robert L. Vann Media Awards winners: Robert L. Vann Awards Winners 2015.

See the list of 2015 Robert L. Vann Media Awards finalists: Vann 2015 finalists news release – 3-31-15.

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TICKETS

Buy tickets for the May 19 awards dinner in advance using the PayPal link below.  Tickets are $15 each for PBMF members and $20 each for nonmembers until May 10, 2016.  A full table seats 10 people.

After May 10, all tickets must be purchased at the door for $25 each. 

PBMF membership will be verified for those buying tickets at the discounted rate.

Tickets purchased online will not be mailed.  Your receipt is your ticket. 

SPONSORSHIPS

The annual Vann program helps support PBMF initiatives, such as college scholarships for graduates of PBMF’s Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop for teens, professional development events for PBMF members and community service projects. PBMF would be honored if your organization would become a Vann awards sponsor, which would assist the federation in carrying out its programming. The available sponsorship options are as follows:

  • Half-page ad, $125: half-page ad inside the program booklet.
  • Full-page ad, $200: full-page ad inside the program booklet.
  • Sponsorship package 1, $350: half-page ad inside the program booklet, 1 table (10 tickets), recognition at the awards program and on PBMF’s website.
  • Sponsorship package 2, $700: full-page ad inside the program booklet, 1 table (10 tickets), recognition at the awards program and on PBMF’s website and social media engagement (two tweets).
  • Sponsorship package 3, $1,000: full-page ad on the back of the program booklet, 1 table (10 tickets), recognition at the awards program and on PBMF’s website and social media engagement (two tweets and two Facebook posts).

Sponsorships may be purchased via the PayPal link below until May 2, 2016. Please send 4 x 5 camera-ready ads, preferably in JPEG format, to vannawards@pbmf.org.

For more information, call 412-339-0730 or email vannawards@pbmf.org.


BUY DINNER TICKETS & SPONSORSHIPS HERE



Tickets purchased online will not be mailed.  Your receipt is your ticket.