Frank Bolden Urban Journalism 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 Journalism Workshop was created 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 2015, only 4.74 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 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 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 seven-day residential program, and many 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 a week of rigorous training in producing a newspaper, television and radio news programs, a news website and photos.

Who Is Eligible?

Up to 30 students from public and private high schools throughout the nation will be accepted, though preference is given to Pittsburgh-area residents.  Students of any ethnic background may apply.  Applicants must be students who will be high school juniors or seniors in the 2016-17 school year, or 2016 graduates.

2016 Dates

The program will be held from Saturday, July 30, through Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016.

The Focus

The workshop helps students 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 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 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, July 15, 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 and recommendation forms.

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.


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