Robert L. Vann Media Awards

In 1988, the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation launched its journalism awards competition. It 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. These awards, given annually, recognize the best in print, broadcast, photography and commentary relating to or showing the diversity of African- American life in Western Pennsylvania. Winners are recognized at an awards reception.

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“Still Feel Like Going On” photography project

The “Still Feel Like Going On” photo project is an innovative, 10-week program allows a dozen teen boys to explore photography, storytelling, media images of black men, and how to use photography as a medium for storytelling.  The project is part of the multi-year African American Men and Boys Initiative funded by The Heinz Endowments.

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Frank Bolden Urban Multimedia Workshop

The Frank Bolden Urban Multimedia Workshop was founded in 1983. Named for the pioneering black journalist who was an editor and reporter for the Pittsburgh Courier, the workshop has introduced hundreds of high school students to what it is like to work in newspaper, television or radio news.

Students, mostly high school juniors and seniors, have come from as far away as California and New Jersey. They work with professional journalists to produce media projects and get a comprehensive taste of real-world journalism. 

Much of the activity is guided by local broadcaster Chris Moore, the “father” of the workshop.  He founded the Pittsburgh workshop after having been involved with one in St. Louis.

In 2017, the name of the workshop was changed to the Frank Bolden Urban Multimedia Workshop to better reflect the program’s increased focused on digital media.

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Soul Café

The Soul Café is an evening of artistic expression that includes some of the Pittsburgh region’s most talented singers, writers, poets, musicians, et al.

Begun in 2001, the event also includes a silent auction and has become the major fundraiser for the PBMF’s scholarship fund.

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