PBMF Urban Journalism Workshop Fund
Given the right platform, students can use — and hone — those skills to give a voice to the voiceless and shine a light on issues locally, nationwide and globally.
That's why PBMF's Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop is so important. Founded in 1983, the annual summer workshop teaches journalism to high school juniors and seniors, and new graduates. Workshop founder Chris Moore, of WQED, co-directs the program with Olga George, assignment desk editor at KDKA-TV.
During the weeklong workshop, journalism professionals volunteer their time to guide students in the production of TV, radio, newspaper, photography and online journalism projects. The students spend a week at Point Park University learning the tools of the trade, developing personal presentation skills and self-confidence, and starting lifelong friendships.
The goal of the workshop is to inspire a new generation to consider pursuing careers in journalism. While the workshop is open to students of all ethnic and geographic backgrounds, its focus is on African-American students in the Pittsburgh region. African-Americans are under-represented in newsrooms across America, and the numbers are shrinking as journalism's landscape changes.
Since 1983, nearly 1,000 teens have graduated from the workshop. Some who majored in journalism-related fields in college went on to have impressive careers at The Washington Post, CNBC, Reuters, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the New Pittsburgh Courier, American Urban Radio Networks and other media outlets.
Since its inception, the workshop has been free for participants and, with your help, it can continue to be for the approximately 30 students who participate annually. Workshop donations pay for a variety of costs, such as food, and room and board at Point Park University, liability insurance, charter bus and shuttle transportation for students, field trips, T-shirts, a graduation ceremony, etc.
We want to secure $48,000 to pay for three summer workshops.
We know that we have some strong supporters, including workshop alumni, who will work hard to help us reach our fundraising goal. We are thankful for that support.
Founded in 1973, the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation is a nonprofit organization that advocates for diversity in newsrooms, hosts programs that recognize excellent media coverage of minority communities and trains young people to enter the media industry.
PBMF was named a 2015 chapter of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists, the nation's largest organization for journalists of color.
Founded in 1983, the weeklong, summer workshop would not be possible with the generous support of individual and group funders.
Please help us keep it going for the next generation of future journalists!