Black people leaving Pittsburgh for greener pastures has been an issue of concern for many in the community, compounded in recent years by a 2019 Gender and Equity Report that found the city to be one of the worst of the country for the health and economic outcomes of black women.
In July 2021, Pittsburgh City Paper Writer Dani Janae explored the topic with her feature, “Why Are So Many Black Women Talking About Leaving Pittsburgh?”, in which she reported on a special city council meeting regarding the departure of the Black Pittsburghers, and spoke to three black women who have left or were planning to leave town.
Today, the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation announced that her story has been named the inaugural News Feature winner of this year’s 2022 Robert L. Vann Media Awards, a competition celebrating “coverage of communities, individuals, and individuals in the African-American and African Diaspora”. problems.” city paper was included among the outlets in the category “Excellence in Print Journalism: Non-Daily Newspapers/News Services”.
Taking second place for News Feature is old city paper writer Kim Rooney’s report on “How Newsrooms, Police Departments and Social Media Fail the Disappearance of People of Color”.
Jared Wickerham, city paper staff photographer, won first place in Spot News Photography for his photograph of activist Dannelle Brown.
And, city paper Columnist Tereneh Idia was announced as the first place winner for columns/blogs for the third year in a row for her columns: “Haven’t we had almost everything? Contemplating Black arts in Pittsburgh”, “The global (and local) politics of black beauty” and “The soul of a country”.
Founded in 1973, PBMF is a nonprofit organization made up of professional black journalists, public relations specialists, journalism professors and students. The Journalism Awards competition was started by PBMF in 1988 to honor Robert L. Vann, the Pittsburgh Mail publisher committed to journalism and creating a voice for the black community.
Whereas city paper always appreciates being honored for our writing and artistic talents, hearing that our stories have resonated with our readers and the people we write about is more important than any award we have ever received. We appreciate your continued support.