Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop

About the Workshop

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation is seeking your participation in a FREE, highly competitive training program for high school students and recent graduates. Nationally, because only 4.65 percent of journalists in newsrooms are black, and because many good students show a reluctance to enter the journalism field, a strong need exists for such a workshop.

Members of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, who work for the New Pittsburgh Courier, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, WTAE, WPXI, WQED, KDKA, KQV, WAMO, WPGH and others, have decided to devote their time to the workshop as instructors. Point Park University, Downtown, is the site of the seven-day residential program, and many businesses and community organizations donate time, money and effort to ensure the success of the workshop.

The program, free to students, is designed to encourage high school youths from diverse backgrounds to enter the profession of journalism. Students will meet with instructors, all of whom are employed in the media, for a week of rigorous training in meeting deadlines, producing and editing a paper and producing and delivering a television and radio news program.

**New this year, there is a $25 participation fee for each student who is accepted into the workshop, but it will be refunded in full to the student upon arrival at the workshop. This is being done to ensure that all 30 slots for students are filled when the workshop begins, instead of slots being unnecessarily held when they could have been filled by students on the waiting list.

The fee should NOT be sent with the workshop application. Only accepted students will receive information about how to pay the refundable fee.**

Who Is Eligible?

Thirty students from public and private high schools throughout the nation, though preference is given to Pittsburgh-area students.

2016 Dates

Saturday, July 30, through Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016

The Focus

To explore journalism careers through practical exercises in basic news, feature writing, copy editing, interviewing and news gathering, and, for interested students, sessions in photography and broadcasting.

The Staff

Representatives from a wide spectrum of the Pittsburgh media.


Every participant must have a command of the English language and an interest or avid curiosity in exploring journalism as a career.  Students must be able to live on campus for the entire workshop. Students will be chaperoned at all times.

Workshop applicants must be students who will be high school juniors or seniors in the 2016-17 school year, or seniors graduating in 2016.

To request to participate in the workshop, please compete the application below.  For more information, contact workshop co-director Christopher T. Moore at or 412-596-9735.

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, June 30, 2016.



Part I:  Click the following link to download the parent/guardian permission form and teacher/administrator recommendation forms to be signed and returned by mail or e-mail: Bolden workshop parent-teacher forms 2016 (extended deadline).

Part II: Complete the application form below.

Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop Application Form



The Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop remains free to students because of the funding it receives from generous donors.  PBMF appreciates the support from nonprofit groups and the public that has helped keep the workshop going since 1983.

To help sustain the workshop, PBMF launched a GoFundMe campaign in March 2016.  To donate, click below.