The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s (PBMF) Frank Bolden Urban Multimedia Workshop is a highly competitive training program for minority high school students. Nationally, because less than 11 percent of professional journalists are black and many good students show a reluctance to enter the field, a strong need exists for such a workshop.
The program, which is free for students, is designed to encourage high school youths to consider careers in journalism. Instructors work for the New Pittsburgh Courier, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, TribLive, WTAE, WPXI, WQED, KDKA, KQV, WAMO, WPGH.
The program is held in downtown Pittsburgh, at Point Park University. Many businesses and community organizations donate time, money and effort to ensure the success of the workshop.
Students spend four consecutive Saturdays with the instructors in rigorous media training. Areas of focus include: print, broadcast, digital writing, radio and photography. They produce high-quality projects under deadlines.
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