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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 from our partners at Billy Penn.

Follow us today: #BGVR22
Philadelphia TV news journalists, community leaders and other experts are coming together today for our Better Gun Violence Reporting Workshop.
The goal is to imagine how we can lead the way together in our city and advance the most ethical, empathetic and impactful reporting possible.
You can follow us all day on Twitter at @PCGVR and watch for discussions using hashtag #BGVR22.
We are employing the Chatham House Rule, which means that everyone agrees that neither the identity of participants nor their affiliations will be disclosed, but our speakers will be on the record.
This approach is intended to create a trusting environment, bring people together and break down barriers to understand complex problems, generate ideas and agree on solutions. 
Watch our home page and our free Weekly Brief newsletter to follow outcomes in the coming days and weeks.
Updates from Billy Penn
  • A North Philly parenting workshop, run by the Institute for the Development of African American Youth, aims to prevent gun violence one father at a time. [WHYY]
  • Students from Germantown’s Parkway Northwest High School commemorated International Peace Day with speeches, poetry readings, and rap performances. [WHYY]
  • At some of the branch libraries due for upgrades under Philly’s Rebuild program, renovations include a focus on creating safe spaces where kids and teens can avoid gun violence. [Capital-Star]
By the numbers in Philadelphia
  • 29: Shooting victims recorded last week so far, vs. 36 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 1,779: Shooting victims this year, up 1.9% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 401: Year-to-date homicides, 1% ahead of last year’s pace and up TK% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]
Executive Order
Mayor Kenney Announces Firearms Ban at City Recreation Spaces and Facilities
Career opportunities
Apply to The Trace's New Editing Fellowship
Serving her community
Canvassing on Crutches: Philly Woman Shot by Stray Bullet Now Back on Her Feet
Upstream interventions
How the federal government can address violence and harm through a public health approach
Research at the Center
Jessica Beard, MD, MPH
Ongoing ⁦@PCGVR⁩ gun violence and the media research presented at the MPACS conference earlier this week. We are investigating how our local TV news tells the stories of gun violence in Philadelphia. ⁦@templemedschool⁩ ⁦@TempleTrauma
New resource
The Epidemiology of Firearm Injuries in the US: The Need for Comprehensive, Real-time, Actionable Data
Economic impact
Gun Violence Costs the U.S. $557 Billion a Year
Solution of the Week
California to create gun-violence-prevention office
In memoriam
Jose Aces, 23: 'He just always wanted to be the one to take of everything and everybody
Funeral Held for Philly Parks and Rec Worker Killed by Stray Bullet
• 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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