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Frank Bolden Urban Multimedia 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, WTAE, WPXI, WQED, KDKA, WESA, and other media outlets, devote their time to the workshop as instructors. Duquesne University, is the site of the program.

tudents 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.


2019 dates

** The 2019 workshop will be a residential program in which students stay overnight in dorms.  It will take place June 15-22 on the campus of Duquesne University.

In addition, students in the workshop’s broadcasting section will participate in a newscast taping at KDKA, Downtown.

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. Housing is provided.

Students of any ethnic background may apply.  Applicants must be students who will be high school sophomores, juniors or seniors in the 2019-20 school year, or 2019 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 2019 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 workshop student will be assigned to one of five journalism sections: online (blogging and social media); visual arts (photography, videography, and web production); online newspaper; podcasting; and broadcasting. Please indicate your interest on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the most preferred section. Please note that preferences cannot be guaranteed. 

Every participant must have a command of the English language and 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.


For more information, contact workshop co-director and PBMF Vice President Olga George at or 412-575-2445.

To participate in the workshop, please complete the application at:

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