Ambridge Connection editor and writer Larissa Dudkiewicz was nominated for an Vann Award of Excellence in the Print Business Feature category for "Ambridge Barbers Have Vision for New Venue."
The stellar group of 2015 Award of Excellence finalists were selected in 22 categories. Entries were published or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014.
Professional journalists in Richmond; Northern Virginia; Washington, D.C.; New York City; Morgantown, W.Va.; and Seattle judged the contest entries.
In 1988, PBMF launched its journalism awards competition. It is named for the late Robert L. Vann, legendary publisher of the Pittsburgh Courier, to honor his personal commitment to journalism and to creating a voice for the black community.
With the Award of Excellence, the Vann program honors achievements in print, broadcast, photography and online journalism coverage of the African-American and African Diaspora communities of Western Pennsylvania.
“Once again, we’re proud of the range of contest entries and how they reflect the diverse issues relevant to the African-American community of this region. We’ve been impressed by the strong storytelling through photo, print, online and broadcast platforms,” PBMF President Tory N. Parrish said.
Award winners were named at a dinner Thursday, April 30, at the University of Pittsburgh’s O’Hara Student Center ballroom in Oakland.
In addition to presenting its Awards of Excellence at the April 30 dinner, PBMF presented three special honors – the Legacy in Journalism, Communicator of the Year and Trailblazer awards – whose winners were selected by PBMF members.
Founded in 1973, PBMF 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.
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