Frank Bolden Urban Multimedia Workshop

About the Workshop

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation is seeking teen applicants to participate in a FREE, highly competitive journalism training program.  The Frank Bolden Urban Multimedia Workshop was created in 1983 to introduce young people to journalism and inspire talented participants to consider careers in the field. 

The workshop aims to help lead to increased diversity in newsrooms, where African-Americans are underrepresented.  For example, in 2016, only 5.3 percent of journalists at websites and newspapers were black, according to the American Society of News Editors.

Members of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, who work for the New Pittsburgh Courier, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Tribune-Review, American Urban Radio Networks, WTAE, WPXI, WQED, KDKA, KQV and other media outlets, devote their time to the workshop as instructors. Point Park University, Downtown, is the site of the program.

Businesses and community organizations donate time, money and effort to ensure the success of the workshop.

Students will meet with instructors, all of whom are employed in the media, for rigorous training in producing an online newspaper, TV newscast, podcast, blog, social media feeds, videos and photos for media projects.

2017 Dates

Unlike in past years, the 2017 workshop will not be a residential program in which students stay overnight in dorms.  Instead, the workshop will be a day program operating on four consecutive Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 15 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 22, July 29 and Aug. 5.   

In addition, students in the workshop’s broadcasting section will participate in a newscast taping at KDKA, Downtown, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 3.

Who Is Eligible?

Up to 25 students from public and private high schools throughout the nation will be accepted, though preference is given to Pittsburgh-area residents.  Housing is not provided.

Students of any ethnic background may apply.  Applicants must be students who will be high school sophomores, juniors or seniors in the 2017-18 school year, or 2017 graduates.

The Focus

The workshop helps students explore journalism careers through practical exercises in online news, media blogging and social media management, TV broadcasting, podcasting and visual arts (photography, videography and web production).  Students will gain hands-on experience in news gathering, interviewing and writing; copy editing; public speaking; using mobile technology for storytelling; and other crucial media skills.

The 2017 workshop projects will include neighborhood narratives as told through the eyes of students.

The Staff

Representatives from a wide spectrum of the Pittsburgh media volunteer to help guide students.


Every participant must have a command of the English language and an interest or avid curiosity in exploring journalism as a career.  Students are expected to attend all workshop sessions and can be dismissed for unexcused absences.

PBMF will provide lunch.


To request to participate in the workshop, please compete the application below.  For more information, contact workshop co-director Olga George at or 412-575-2445.

**The application deadline has been extended because there are still slots available.  Apply ASAP.**



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 2017.

Part II: Complete the application form below.

Frank Bolden Urban Multimedia 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.


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