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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.

News from our Center
Who We Are: Meet the team at the Center
Who We Are: Meet the team at the Center
• Last week, we shared our refreshed About, Team and Partner pages. Now, we have improved home page menus, a new comprehensive Directory for our mobile users and a new page with our Media Mentions. Next, we are planning some events, we will be reporting more about our work and we have been organizing some of the content we produce into a podcast, coming soon. [PCGVR]
• We are honored and grateful to the Independence Public Media Foundation for supporting our Credible Messenger Reporting Project for a third year, via our parent organization Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting. [IPMF/PCGVR/IBGVR]
• If you play a role in local TV news coverage of gun violence in Philadelphia, we have a special opportunity to share with you. Please take a chance and leave us your email address. [PCGVR]
• This week’s newsletter got delayed because we have so many good things coming soon. Next week, we plan to start sending it out on Wednesday mornings again. Please share the subscription link. [Revue]
Updates from Billy Penn
By the numbers in Philadelphia
  • 34: Shooting victims recorded last week, vs. 29 the week prior. [@PCGVR via City Controller]
  • 1,408: Shooting victims this year, up 2% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 321: Year-to-date homicides, up very slightly vs. last year; up 67% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]
Month in review
How Many Guns?
Shooting Victims
On the Record
“The things that the children have to see along the way from point A to point B, no one should be seeing it. I have seen parents closing their children’s eyes as they’re walking past … having to do that is traumatic enough.” - Casarez Elementary School principal Awilda Balbuena [WHYY]
Differing approaches
Role of the media
Fear of Rampant Crime Is Derailing New York City’s Recovery
Fuel to the fire
Physiologically, drinking contributes to violence in multiple ways. Alcohol can inhibit reasoning and empathy, encourage impulsive behavior, and blind people to the long-term consequences of their actions. That makes those who are intoxicated both easier targets and more audacious attackers. [New Mexico in Depth]
Many states – including New Jersey and Delaware – and the federal government have approved laws to help curb gun violence in 2022 so far but a new assault weapon ban appears to be doomed. [CNN/The Guardian]
Council on Criminal Justice: robberies up, homicides dip so far in 2022
Make a difference: Support the Center
This newsletter is free and your attention and concern mean the world but we have bills to pay.
We launched The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting two years ago to explore the hypothesis that changing the way journalists and news organizations report on gun violence could prevent shootings and save lives.
We organized a community reporting project to shift power to people with lived expertise, a professional development program to support journalists already covering gun violence and a research collaborative which has been refining our focus by identifying harmful reporting practices and asking what the ideal, most ethical and impactful reporting on gun violence might look like.
Now we are focused on implementing what we have learned, synthesizing our programs for maximum impact and sustaining the Center for years to come. We are proud of our progress and but the gun violence crisis only worsens and we need your help. Please consider making a recurring tax-deductible contribution today.
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Solution(s) of the Week
What Could Actually Work to Curb Gun Violence
In memoriam
Calvin Morton Greene, 32, aspiring real estate mogul who kept reaching higher
• 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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