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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 our Center plus updates on gun violence and prevention in Philadelphia from our partners at Billy Penn.

Expanding our team and our services
Above: Oronde McClain and Shannon Hodges
Above: Oronde McClain and Shannon Hodges
• The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting is delighted to report that Oronde McClain has joined the staff as our first Credible Messenger Newsroom Liaison, with support from the The Opportunity Fund at The Stoneleigh Foundation. Shannon Hodges is joining us as a Podcast Producer this summer to promote interviews conducted by our Community Engagement Manager Maxayn Gooden, and as we announced recently, Maria Mitri is joining us this summer, thanks to support from the Lenfest Next Generation Fund, and has been helping us organize our content and operations. [PCGVR]
Weekly Brief from Billy Penn
By the numbers
1,163: People shot in Philadelphia during the first six months of 2022, a 7.5 percent increase when compared with the same period one year earlier.
15: Shooting victims recorded in separate incidents in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July, including four deaths.
249: Shooting victims recorded in Philadelphia during June. Last month’s total was the fourth-highest in the city’s open data set looking back to 2015.
42: People shot in Philadelphia during the seven-day period ending Sunday night, according to the weekly major crimes report published Monday by Philadelphia Police.
51: People shot in Philadelphia during the same seven-day period ending Sunday night, according to Philadelphia Police data posted at Open Data Philly later this week.
1,205: Total shooting victims recorded this year in Philadelphia as of Tuesday, including 244 fatalities.
274: Year-to-date total homicides reported to Philadelphia Police through last night.
117: Year-to-date total homicides reported to Philadelphia Police through the same date in 2014.
11: Mass shootings recorded so far this year in Philadelphia, defined as four or more people wounded or killed by gunfire.
309: US mass shootings recorded in this year through Sunday.
10: Black Americans are 10 times more likely than white Americans to die by gun homicide.
National news nutshell
• Seven people were killed and dozens wounded in a mass shooting at an Independence Day parade near Chicago. Police shot a man 60 times in Akron. And Orlando had an active shooter panic stampede like Philadelphia. [Chicago Sun-Times/USA Today/Orlando Sentinel]
Role of the media
• Below are some tips for how, in the wake of a big, tragic story, you can sort good information from bad. There’s also a printable PDF. [On the Media/]
• Police are threatening journalists with arrest in Uvalde. [The Washington Post]
• The Trace has yet another job opening in Philadelphia. [The Trace]
Solution of the Week
Do to guns what we did to cigarettes — make them culturally repellent
More information
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In memoriam
These are the victims of the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park
• This newsletter has been produced thanks to funding awarded through the Directors Grant Program of the Barra Foundation.
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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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