Weekly Brief on Gun Violence and Prevention in Philadelphia

By The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

Weekly Brief on Gun Violence Prevention in Philadelphia

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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.

Role of the media
More meaningful coverage of firearm violence requires ‘radical empathy’
Seeking professional partners
Credible Messenger Reporting Project
Updates from Billy Penn
By the numbers in Philadelphia
  • 45: Shooting victims recorded last week so far, vs. 54 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 2,090: Shooting victims this year, 2% ahead of last year’s pace. [PCGVR]
  • 459: Year-to-date homicides, 5% down from last year’s pace; up 63% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]
Controversial tactic reexamined
A new podcast from WHYY and the Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting at Temple University takes a hard look at “stop and frisk,” a decades-old policy that gives police officers discretion to stop anyone they believe has committed, is committing or is about to commit a crime.
A new podcast from WHYY and the Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting at Temple University takes a hard look at “stop and frisk,” a decades-old policy that gives police officers discretion to stop anyone they believe has committed, is committing or is about to commit a crime.
• Introduction: WHYY’s ‘Stop and Frisk’ podcast explores solutions to gun violence [WHYY]
• First episode: How did we get here? [WHYY]
• New today: Understanding the stop and frisk debate in Philadelphia, in 5 charts [WHYY]
• Background: Stop-and-frisk in Philly: Police say it’s decreasing, but here’s the thing [Billy Penn]
• Listening links: Spotify, NPR One and Apple Podcasts [link.to]
Vote for Tyrique
Philadelphia man fighting gun violence nominated for national award
2022 CNN Hero of the Year voting
Editorial
A mass shooting must never be business as usual
Women shot
• Local news stations reported three women shot in on incident last weekend. City data show that female shooting victims are up 15 percent this year in Philadelphia. [@6ABC/data.phila.gov via @PCGVR]
Raise your voice
City Asks for Residents’ Input in Fiscal Year 2024 Budget
Expert opinion
“Deep-seated racism and xenophobia could underlie active opposition to violence prevention efforts, particularly where structural change is involved.” [Garen Wintenmute for The Hill]
Research
LSU Health New Orleans study reveals the economic burden from gun violence
Toledo City Council hears findings on gun violence research
In memoriam
Juan Carlos Robles-Corana Jr., 15, charismatic go-getter who was determined to create wealth for his family
Semaj Cherry killed: Family remembers man killed in SEPTA shooting as devoted father
Takeoff's family launches The Rocket Foundation to combat gun violence
A Sandy Hook memorial opens to the public nearly a decade after school tragedy
Philadelphia Empty Chairs Vigil
Solution(s) of the Week
Young, History-Making Candidates Ran on Gun Violence Prevention — and Won
Why Oregon's ballot initiative to curb gun deaths could work
Get to know us
Where it all began
Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit, 2019
Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit, 2019
• Last week marked the third anniversary of our inaugural Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit at WHYY in Philadelphia. Nearly 250 people attended from around the city and across the nation: AGENDA | SLIDESHOW | REPORTING GUIDE [IBGVR]
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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:

CREDIBLE MESSENGER REPORTING PROJECT

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.

RESEARCH AT THE CENTER

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.

BETTER GUN VIOLENCE REPORTING

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.

VISION

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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