Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop

About the Workshop

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation is seeking your participation in a 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 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.

To make a donation

The workshop functions with financial assistance from generous donors.  The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation is a nonprofit organization.  To make a donation to the workshop, use the PayPal link below.


Who Is Eligible?

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

Workshop Dates

Saturday, Aug. 2, through Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014

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 2014-15 school year, or seniors graduating in 2014.  The deadline to apply has been extended to June 9, 2014.

To request to participate in the workshop, please compete the application below.  For more information, contact workshop co-director Christopher T. Moore at or 412-622-1388.



Part I:  Click the link to download the parent/guardian permission form and teacher/administrator recommendation forms to be signed and returned by mail or e-mail: PBMF workshop parent & faculty forms 2014.

Part II: Complete the application form below.

Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop Application Form