Thirty over-sized panels stretch from the Cathedral of Learning to Heinz Chapel as part of the Black Lives in Focus exhibition. Photo by Sally Quinn.

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation announced that NEXTpittsburgh has received five nominations in the annual Robert L. Vann Media Awards, which celebrates excellence in journalism coverage of African American and African diaspora communities, individuals and issues.

The NEXTpittsburgh finalists for Excellence in Written Journalism Non-Daily Newspapers/News Services are:


Brian Hyslop: Pittsburgh program to advance Black artists gets $2 million windfall
Justin Vellucci: Arts administrators of color unite to make Pittsburgh more welcoming
Sally Quinn: Black Lives in Focus at Pitt showcases and amplifies Black experiences and voices


Brian Hyslop: YWCA Greater Pittsburgh gains momentum in mission to fight racism and empower women

Public Affairs/Politics/Government

Ann Belser: Democratic nominee for mayor Ed Gainey opens up about his agenda and his family’s tragedy

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.

“These stories give voice to the aspirations and struggles of communities that are too often voiceless, and we are grateful to the journalists and their organizations for the time and resources invested in having these stories told,” said Ervin Dyer, chair of the Vann awards.

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation contest is open to journalists and news organizations from western and central Ohio, and the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) Region I territory: the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

The finalists and winners were selected by journalism and media professionals and professors from Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina and Texas.

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