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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.

Next: Better Gun Violence Reporting Workshop
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 later this 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]
Credible Messenger Reporting Project
We have an extensive slideshow and complete info online now from last week’s Credible Messenger Film Festival. Applications are open for the next cohort or community journalists and professional partners. [PCGVR]
Updates from Billy Penn
By the numbers in Philadelphia
  • 47: Shooting victims recorded last week so far, vs. 56 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 1,648: Shooting victims this year, up 4% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 373: Year-to-date homicides, 3% ahead of last year’s pace and up 77% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]
City data via
City data via
City data show 233 people shot in Philadelphia during August, 2022, up from 219 shooting victims recorded during the previous month and up from 190 in August, 2021. In 2017, 98 people were shot in Philadelphia during August. [Open Data Philly via PCGVR]
City in crisis
Philly Parks and Rec Commissioner gets candid about realities of city’s gun violence
With 750 shootings since Memorial Day, Philadelphia records another summer of mayhem
The City of Philadelphia’s 211 hotline is now fully staffed. The hotline will connect people to gun violence resources such as grief counselors or violence interrupters. [WHYY]
How many guns?
75,251: Estimated gun sales last month in Pennsylvania, down 5% from the previous month and down 9% from the same month last year. Only Texas and Florida saw more gun sales last month. [The Trace]
New poll
2 in 10 report experience with gun violence
Gun Buybacks Are Popular. But Are They Effective?
Solution of the Week
How we can leverage the culture and power of teens to reduce gun violence
In memoriam
Michael Mines, 21, 'Mr. Congeniality' Who Outwitted Boxing and Chess Opponents
• 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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