Robert L. Vann Media Awards

 2017 WINNERS 

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation congratulates the winners in the 29th annual Robert L. Vann Media Awards.  The May 2 news release announcing the winners is here.  

The April 4 news release announcing the finalists in the professional contest and winners in the student contest is here.

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THE PROGRAM 

‘The Power of Our Voices’

6 p.m. May 2, 2017
University of Pittsburgh
O’Hara Student Center

4024 O’Hara St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland)

Lisa Washington & Harold Hayes combined photo

Co-hosts: Lisa Washington, KDKA journalist, and Harold Hayes, former veteran KDKA journalist
Featured musical guests: Lyndsey Smith and Soul Distribution

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s 29th annual Robert L. Vann Media Awards Dinner will honor excellence in journalism coverage of African-American and African diaspora communities, individuals and issues in Western Pennsylvania. 

Join PBMF for a fantastic evening, at which the Pittsburgh area’s leading and upcoming media professionals will gather to recognize journalism that exemplifies the event’s theme, “The Power of Our Voices.”

KDKA journalist Lisa Washington and former veteran KDKA journalist Harold Hayes will co-host the Vann Lyndsey Smith and Soul Distributionprogram.  

Powerhouse musical group Lyndsey Smith and Soul Distribution will provide live entertainment.

In addition to presenting Awards of Excellence to professional and student journalists in various categories, the Vann program will recognize the following special honorees:

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.’s Alpha Omicron Lambda chapter, for its literacy program at Dilworth Elementary School, Literacy Champion Award winner
  • Lynne Hayes-Freeland, KDKA reporter, Legacy Award winner
  • Dr. James and Pam Johnson, founders of the Afro American Music Institute, Communicator of the Year Award winners
  • Damon Young, co-founder of VerySmartBrothas.com, Trailblazer Award winner
  • Regis Bobonis Sr., the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s first black reporter, and Cathy Milton, a former WTAE reporter, both in memoriam

Buy tickets and sponsorships below.

Please direct any questions to Vann Committee Director Ervin Dyer at edyer@pitt.edu or 412-624-4796.

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AWARDS DINNER TICKETS

The 29th annual Robert L. Vann Media Awards Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at the University of Pittsburgh’s O’Hara Student Center ballroom, 2nd floor, 4024 O’Hara St., Oakland.

Tickets are $20 each for students, $30 each for PBMF members and $40 each for nonmembers.

Ticket sales have ended.  No tickets will be sold at the door.

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SPONSORSHIPS

The Vann program helps support PBMF initiatives, such as college scholarships for graduates of PBMF’s journalism workshop for teens, professional development programs and community service projects.  Sponsorships help to make this possible.

The following sponsorship options are available:

  • Emerging Journo, $30: buy two seats for student journalists and be listed in the program booklet
  • The Tip, $50: a business card-size ad inside the program booklet
  • The Collegiate, $100: a student can promote a blog or other business in a half-page ad
  • The Breaking News, $200: half-page ad inside the program booklet
  • The Lede, $350: full-page ad inside the program booklet
  • The Deadline, $700: half-page ad inside the program booklet, one table (10 tickets), recognition at the awards program and on PBMF’s website
  • Sweeps, $1,000: full-page ad inside the program booklet, one table (10 tickets), recognition at the awards program and on PBMF’s website and social media engagement
  • The Vann, $1,500: full-page ad on the back of the program booklet, one table (10 tickets), recognition at the awards program and on PBMF’s website and social media engagement

The program book pages will be 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches. 

Please email a camera-ready ad that is 8 inches by 10.5 inches, except business card ads, for ALL ADS in JPEG format to contact@pbmf.org.  The program designer can reduce the size of ads for half-pages if needed.

April 25 is the deadline to buy sponsorships.

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HISTORY OF THE AWARDS

In 1988, the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation established the Robert L. Vann Media Awards to honor excellence in journalism coverage of the African-American community.  The awards program 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.

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PAST WINNERS & FINALISTS

See the following news releases announcing past winners and finalists of the Robert L. Vann Media Awards.

2016 Robert L. Vann Media Awards WINNERS

2016 Robert L. Vann Media Awards FINALISTS

2015 Robert L. Vann Media Awards WINNERS

2015 Robert L. Vann Media Awards FINALISTS

2014 Robert L. Vann Media Awards WINNERS

2014 Robert L. Vann Media Awards FINALISTS