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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.

Here's the latest from our Center
The Philadelphia Inquirer published an essay by Oronde McClain, who recently joined our staff but previously participated in our Credible Messenger Reporting Project:
I was shot in the head as a child. It took 20 years, and other survivors, to heal
Oronde will host our film festival starting this weekend and Maxayn Gooden – who also produced our very first Credible Messenger report last year – will moderate panel discussions with participants after each screening. Register now:
Starting Sunday: Don't miss the Credible Messenger Film Festival
Updates from Billy Penn
By the numbers in Philadelphia
  • 53: Shooting victims recorded last week so far, vs. 47 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 1,534: Shooting victims this year, up 1% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 352: Year-to-date homicides, 1% ahead of last year’s pace and up 74% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]
Role of the media
Philadelphia’s gun violence crisis is impacting all of us. What if news reporting could be part of the solution?
We are convening a workshop next month with local TV news journalists, experts from impacted communities, researchers, educators and other thought leaders on how we can lead the way together and make this idea a reality in Philadelphia. Space is limited but for more info, please: Send us a Message. [PCGVR]
New research
Philadelphia’s news media system: which audiences are underserved?
National assessment
City Violence Prevention Index
“The only thing more disturbing than the relentless pace of shootings that continues unabated across the city is the lack of action and outrage from those sworn to protect residents.” [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
New poll
Americans’ Experiences, Concerns, and Views Related to Gun Violence
Tracking school violence
Shots fired in US schools spiked dramatically last year, gun violence report finds
Solution(s) of the Week
Reducing Gun Violence Takes Multiple Approaches
In memoriam
Tyrell Beatty, 34, proud father who owned his choices and defied the odds
• 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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