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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.

Join us for the Credible Messenger Film Festival
• Please make plans to join us for the first-ever Credible Messenger Film Festival on August 28th and 30th in the Cope House at Awbury Arboretum in the historic Germantown neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia. We will screen every video production we have supported to date and it’s free to attend. [PCGVR]
Updates from Billy Penn
By the numbers in Philadelphia
  • 47: Shooting victims recorded last week so far, vs. 57 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 1,479: Shooting victims this year, up 1% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 345: Year-to-date homicides, 2% ahead of last year’s pace and up 72% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]
Role of the media
Philly buyback events have yielded 1,000 guns in three years. None had been used in crimes.
On the record
“There’s about five dozen pieces of legislation sitting in Harrisburg that would in some way or another help address the gun violence epidemic sweeping Pennsylvania.” -  Josh Fleitman of CeaseFirePA []
Bill would make 'bleed control' part of high school curriculum
In memoriam
Dominque "Dom" Johnson-Murray, 30, doting father and friend
Solution(s) of the Week
Albany County legislature passes gun-warning bill
To reduce violence in Philadelphia, plant trees and gardens
• 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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