Weekly Brief on Gun Violence and Prevention in Philadelphia

By The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

Weekly Brief on Gun Violence Prevention in Philadelphia

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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.

Maxayn Gooden, left, and Kimberly Kamara appear in the short documentaries each produced for the Credible Messenger Reporting Project last year.
Maxayn Gooden, left, and Kimberly Kamara appear in the short documentaries each produced for the Credible Messenger Reporting Project last year.
• In this extraordinary and intimate new conversation between two mothers who have each lost a son to gun violence, our community engagement manager Maxayn Gooden interviews Kimberly Kamara about her experience participating in our Credible Messenger Reporting Project. [PCGVR via SoundCloud]
• Deeper Dive: Now you can listen to the full 30-minute interview with our Director of Research Dr. Jessica Beard about her role in “Stronger Every Day,” but also on what drives her, our current research, some preliminary findings and better news reporting practices. [WITF via SoundCloud]
• Please welcome our new intern Maria Mitri, who is joining us this summer, thanks to support from the Lenfest Next Generation Fund. [The Lenfest Institute]
Role of the media
WHYY sent a reporter to listen to communities impacted by gun violence. Here’s what we heard
As the Senate considers funding red flag laws, tips for journalists about the laws
Weekly Brief from Billy Penn
Mothers Movement demands state of emergency
• A new collaboration called the Mother’s Movement will hold a press conference at 11am today on the north apron of Philadelphia City Hall and their demands include declaring an immediate state of emergency in Philadelphia.
Partners include The Charles Foundation, Mothers in Charge, Every Murder Is Real, National Homicide Justice Alliance, Moms Bonded by Grief, Mothers United by Angels and The Donte Wylie Foundation.
Partners include The Charles Foundation, Mothers in Charge, Every Murder Is Real, National Homicide Justice Alliance, Moms Bonded by Grief, Mothers United by Angels and The Donte Wylie Foundation.
By the numbers
34: 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 24 to 49 shooting victims.
58: People shot in Philadelphia during the same seven-day period, according to the Shooting Victims data set maintained by Philadelphia Police and published Tuesday.
1,088: Total shooting victims recorded this year in Philadelphia as of Tuesday, including 223 fatalities.
246: Year-to-date total homicides reported to Philadelphia Police through last night.
246: Total number of homicides recorded in Philadelphia during all 365 days of 2013.
67: Percent jump in justified homicides last year in Philadelphia.
Children under fire
“They text their parents goodbye. They write wills saying who they want their toys to go to. They soil themselves.” - American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten
Why are my patients still isolating in their homes?
New research
Portrayals of gun violence victimization and public support for firearm policies: an experimental analysis
Dan Semenza
For this study, we focused on how people respond to different characteristics of shooting victims and the shooting incidents themselves. Strikingly, respondents were much less supportive of all types of regulations after exposure to vignettes with Black gun crime victims.
Solution of the Week
Public Safety Experts Warn New York's Crime-Fighting Strategy Could Backfire
In memoriam
Brandon Dixon, 30, youth basketball coach and former state champ
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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:

CREDIBLE MESSENGER REPORTING PROJECT

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.

RESEARCH AT THE CENTER

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.

BETTER GUN VIOLENCE REPORTING

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.

VISION

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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