CRITICAL CONVERSATION: Dr. Jessica Beard, the Temple trauma surgeon who treats gunshot patients and serves as director of research here at the Center, took part in a discussion of gun violence and public health Thursday morning on WHYY's Radio Times. More info: Gun violence and community trauma in the Covid-19 pandemic


Credible Messengers Report

The Credible Messenger Reporting Project supports people who have been personally impacted to report on gun violence from the community perspective, from root causes to lived experiences and possible solutions. 

Never Ending Emotions

Credible Messenger community journalist Kimberly Kamara, partnering professional Erin Flynn Jay and video producer Gregory Greer collaborated to produce “Never Ending Emotions,” a series of interviews addressing the emotional rollercoaster of life-changing events following the murder of a family member and discussing possible solutions to gun violence in Philadelphia. Get your tickets now to attend the premiere on Friday, August 20 at The Philadelphia Ethical Society on Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. (Eventbrite)

The Path Forward

A new short documentary called “The Path Forward” shares a conversation among four mothers who lost sons to gun violence in Philadelphia, sharing intimate experiences from first getting the news to learning how to survive. Read more: Mothers discuss life after losing their sons to gun violence

The Lasting Impact

The first production from the Credible Messenger Reporting Project focuses on three co-victims of gun violence who worked together to show the long-lasting effects it can have on friends, family and community members. Watch it now: The Lasting Impact

Meet the Messengers

Mothers discuss life after losing their sons to gun violence

July 17, 2021

A new short documentary called “The Path Forward” shares a conversation among four mothers who lost sons to gun violence in Philadelphia, sharing intimate experiences from first getting the news to learning how to survive. This is the second production made possible with support from the Credible Messenger Reporting Project and debuts in a time when gun violence has been rising steeply in the city for the second year in a row. Read More

Watch it Now: “The Lasting Impact”

June 15, 2021

Meet the team behind this first production from the Credible Messenger Reporting Project; three co-victims of gun violence who worked together to show the long-lasting effects it can have on friends, family and community members. Read More

Community gathers for screening of “The Lasting Impact”

July 20, 2021

A crowd of community members gathered Sunday to watch the in-person premier of the short documentary “The Lasting Impact: The Emotional Scars Gun Violence Leaves Behind,” which centers around the stories of three co-victims of gun violence who worked together to show the long-lasting effects loss can have on friends, family and community members. Read More

Research at the Center

Better Gun Violence Reporting Resources

Philadelphia gun violence data

Inside the Center

Watch the recording: “Enough is Enough” teach-in on “Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis in Philadelphia”

July 20, 2021

The latest event in Community College of Philadelphia’s “Enough is Enough” teach-in series was “Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis in Philadelphia,” held on June 15, 2021. The event was hosted by CCP President Dr. Donald Guy Generals and moderated by PCGVR Research Director and Stoneleigh Fellow Dr. Jessica Beard. We are grateful to the esteemed panelists for an engaging discussion, including Dr. Ruth Abaya, Stoneleigh Fellow and co-chair of the Philadelphia Roadmap to Safer Communities, Philadelphia City Councilmember Jamie Gauthier, CBS3 managing editor Manuel Smith, Mothers in Charge Founder Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight and CCP Visiting Lecturer and Diversity Fellow Malika Rahman. Read More

Welcome to the Center

Reporting on gun violence comes with exceptional challenges, responsibilities and opportunities. The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting wants to help.

Helping those affected by gun violence

Hosting organization

Critical partnerships

Action Tank provided strategic planning and staff support for our Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit.

Our Weekly Philadelphia Gun Violence and Prevention Report now appears in the Billy Penn newsletter every Wednesday.

We’re grateful for guidance from the leaders of the Coalition of Trauma Centers for Firearm Injury Prevention.

The Dart Center provided guidance and support for our Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit.

Thanks to the Fels Lab at the University of Pennsylvania for providing a Masters of Public Administration student to work on a new project we will introduce later this year.

We are grateful to the Columbia Journalism Review for inviting us to participate in their Gun Violence News Summit.

We are grateful to the community at Mothers in Charge for partnering on our first few events and latest projects.

Our Community Conversation event was made possible with support from the Philadelphia Office of Violence Prevention.

Leaders and members from The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists have been critical advisors and partners from our earliest events and programming.

We’re now collaborating with the Philadelphia Obituary Project on how we can serve communities better together.

We’re grateful to our friends at Resolve Philly for helping us get organized.

We are grateful to the Scattergood Foundation for inviting us to participate in their RISE Partnership, a three-year learning program that helps non-profit organizations strengthen their impact.

We are honored to collaborate with Seeking Solutions: Gun Violence in Missouri, from the Kansas City Star and Report for America.

WHYY hosted our Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit and provided critical support.

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