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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
Families who lost loved ones to gun violence were recognized at the Oronde McClain Foundation event last month at PhilaMOCA.
Families who lost loved ones to gun violence were recognized at the Oronde McClain Foundation event last month at PhilaMOCA.
• Full report now: Read all about it and see more photos from last month’s in-person premiere of “They Don’t Care About Us,” which was produced by gun violence survivor Oronde McClain with support from our Credible Messenger Reporting Project. [PCGVR]
Updates from Billy Penn
By the numbers in Philadelphia
  • 57: Shooting victims recorded last week so far, vs. 34 the week prior. [@PCGVR via City Controller]
  • 1,442: Shooting victims this year, up 2% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 337: Year-to-date homicides, 4% ahead of last year’s pace and up 71% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]
Role of the media
• We’ve been spotting more and more organizations who share our interest in social justice through narrative change: We recently met with The Center for Just Journalism and now we’re watching the Law & Justice Journalism Project, which includes some of our favorite Philadelphians. []
• 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]
Missed connections
New research
Child Gun Deaths Skyrocketed During Covid Pandemic, Study Finds
Community perspectives on gun violence and safety: The role of policing in Baltimore City
On the record
“Homicide units, they have, you know, million-dollar budgets … So it’s hard for them to even imagine the possibility that a bunch of what they see as ragtag, ex-gangsters can possibly be more effective.“ - Khaalid Muttaqi, chief operating officer of Advance Peace [The Appeal]
Cost of violence
Hospital-Based Intervention Programs Reduce Violence and Save Money
New data
Voters Want Increased Gun Safety and Community Violence Intervention
Solution of the Week
To prevent shootings, teachers needed to be armed with information, not guns
In memoriam
Diniar Camp shooting: Family wants answers after man killed while attending friend's funeral
Police recorded 60 murders in July; here are the victims' names
• 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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