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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.

Coming up this month: #BGVR2022 Worksop
Later this month we are hosting the Better Gun Violence Reporting Workshop with local TV news journalists, community leaders and other experts on how we can lead the way together in advancing the most ethical, empathetic and impactful gun violence reporting possible.
If you play any role related to TV news coverage of gun violence in Philadelphia and would be interested in attending, we still have a seat for you. Please send us a message for registration info. [PCGVR]
More film fest photos
We have added more photos from the closing night to the slide show from our recent Credible Messenger Film Festival, where we screened the first six short documentaries produced with our support. [PCGVR]
Updates from Billy Penn
By the numbers in Philadelphia
  • 62: Shooting victims recorded last week so far, vs. 47 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 1,701: Shooting victims this year, up 5% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 386: Year-to-date homicides, 3% ahead of last year’s pace and up 76% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]
On the record
“All of these buckshot and scattershot efforts are ineffective. And while this is common around the country, it is particularly true in Philadelphia.“ - David Muhammad, executive director of the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
Media news
Longtime Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer reporter Mensah Dean, who authored the story linked above, has left to report in Philadelphia for The Trace, the only team of journalists exclusively dedicated to reporting on our country’s gun violence crisis. [The Trace]
Where it all began
Three years ago last week: Our Community Conversations Day at Temple Hospital brought together 15 Philadelphia journalists and 30 community representatives with lived experience to discuss gun violence and the role of the media. [IBGVR]
Gun Suicide in Cities: The Lesser-Known Side of City Gun Violence
Gun Deaths Hit an All-Time High (Again) in 2021
Confronting disinformation
Debunking Myths the Gun Lobby Perpetuates Following Mass Shootings
Solution of the Week
Visa, Mastercard to begin marking gun sales as a separate sales category
In memoriam
Philly’s Mill Creek community mourns loss of beloved Parks and Recreation employee, calls for gun violence solutions
• 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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