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Weekly Brief on Gun Violence Prevention in Philadelphia

Weekly Brief on Gun Violence Prevention in Philadelphia
Each week we share news from the our center plus updates on gun violence and prevention in Philadelphia from our partners at Billy Penn.

Above: Walter Willis and Tashawn Strother. Photograph by Dan Colavito.
Above: Walter Willis and Tashawn Strother. Photograph by Dan Colavito.
• Last week we introduced Stronger Every Day: Healing After Gun Violence from our Credible Messenger Reporting Project. Community journalist Tashawn Strother hosts this audio documentary sharing her family’s journey after her son Walter Willis was shot and critically wounded on New Year’s Eve in 2019.
Now, you can hear from another crucial perspective as well:
New podcast highlights the journey of Philadelphia shooting survivor | WITF
Weekly Brief from Billy Penn
By the numbers
Philadelphia Shooting Victims Dashboard
24: People shot in Philadelphia during the seven-day period ending Sunday night, according to the weekly major crimes report published Monday by Philadelphia Police. The previous week’s total was revised up from 51 to 78 shooting victims, the highest weekly total in more than a year, and we expect this week’s total to be revised up significantly as well.
49: People shot in Philadelphia during the seven-day period ending Sunday night, according to the Shooting Victims data set maintained by Philadelphia Police and published on the same day as the report above.
228: Year-to-date total homicides reported to Philadelphia Police through last night.
104: Year-to-date homicides recorded in Philadelphia as of the same date in 2015.
Just when we needed some good news
The Trace Is Hiring a Local Reporter in Philadelphia
On the media
How media should cover gun violence : NPR
The gun crisis more of us should be talking about
Philly knows how to fix its gun violence problem. So what's the hold up?
In memoriam
Cameron Scott-Bey, 19, clever artist and sensitive soul
Inside PCGVR
• Our center is operating with light staffing this week. We will be back up to speed soon but if you would like to help grow our team and avoid periods like this, please consider supporting the Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting. [WeDidIt]
• Meanwhile, it’s always a good week to spend more time with…
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The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

Better gun violence reporting could enhance public understanding and support for effective programs and policies to prevent shootings and hopefully save lives. But what does the most ethical, impactful and empathetic reporting look like?

The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting was launched to explore the hypotheses that changing the practice of news reporting can prevent gun violence. Since then, our research has refined this focus by identifying harmful reporting practices, asking what best practices would look like and how they could be implemented. Now, we have organized our work into three closely-aligned programs:


Our community reporting project trains, compensates and empowers people impacted by gun violence in Philadelphia to produce and distribute news reports on its root causes, their lived experience and possible solutions from the community perspective, with guidance from professional journalists.


Our interdisciplinary research collaborative is exploring the intersection of gun violence, impacted communities and the media. Our Director of Research Dr. Jessica H. Beard is a trauma surgeon who cares for gunshot patients at Temple University Hospital and researches public health at Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine. Her work is supported by a three-year Stoneleigh Foundation Fellowship.


Our professional development program strives to help journalists covering gun violence find a more diverse selection of experts, the most reliable data, evidence-based solutions, inspiring past reporting, strategies for community engagement, professional networking opportunities and additional resources. Representatives from every major Philadelphia news organization have participated.


We strive to model ourselves after other organizations that have dramatically advanced the practice of journalism. Within five years, we hope to support a small staff with a long runway for continuing operations and a strategic plan for sustainability.

Until then, we plan to continue supporting voices from the community, publishing research that informs best practices and building networks of journalists who believe we can all do better, make a difference and stop the violence.

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