Fri04182014

Male presence, social media prominent at PBMF Workshop

The 29th run of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop was full of firsts.

There was a large representation of males, for one.

“I was really pleased with the amount of male participation that we had in the workshop this year,” workshop co-director Olga George said. “I know Mr. (Chris) Moore wa

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High diversity? Only 2 Blacks in new police recruit class

While African-Americans make up 26 percent of Pittsburgh’s population, they make up only 16 percent of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. According to data from the Bureau’s annual report, the number of African-Americans on the police force dropped from 17 percent to 16 percent between 2010 and 2011.

And, if the demographic breakdown of

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Voter ID law upheld: New focus on outreach

While many who protested Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law since its enactment in March continued to vent outrage following Commonwealth Judge Robert Simpson’s ruling denying an injunction to stop what they say is a voter suppression law, others redoubled their efforts to make sure as many voters as possible can comply.

“Outreach is more i

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Pitt takes lead in increasing Black doctors

On Aug. 5, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine welcomed 148 first-year students into the medical profession at their annual White Coat Ceremony. The future Class of 2017 is 54 percent male, 46 percent female and less than 10 percent African-American.

While Pitt’s Black representation isn’t reflective of the racial makeup in t

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No PAT cuts, new contract saves Transit

By a decisive 10-1 margin, members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 approved a concession-laden new contract in an effort to stave off the elimination of more than 500 jobs and 35 percent of Port Authority of Allegheny County bus and trolley service.

That vote, saving an estimated $60 million over the four-year contract, led to

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