TELL THE STORY OF GUN VIOLENCE AND PREVENTION FROM YOUR COMMUNITY
Welcome to the Center
The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting will focus on preventing shootings and saving lives by changing the narrative around this public health crisis.
The Center will improve reporting on community gun violence by collaborating with journalists and local organizations to raise voices from neighborhoods and broaden the range of expert sources quoted in stories while de-emphasizing the predominant law enforcement narrative.
Programs developed at the Center will include community training sessions on issues such as media literacy, finding better sources, and holding civic leaders accountable. The Center will also create opportunities for members of affected communities to meet with traditional journalists and learn from each other.
Building these trusting relationships will empower vulnerable populations to tell, publish and distribute their own stories. This will help community gun violence to be addressed as a public health challenge that can be eradicated with intervention, education and the pursuit of economic justice.
Reports from several cities show elevated rates of COVID-19 cases in the same neighborhoods suffering the most gun violence, suggesting that the same social inequities fuel both epidemics. These overlapping challenges create channels for communication and opportunities for intervention.
NEW RESEARCH: HALF OF ALL SHOOTING VICTIMS WERE NOT REPORTED IN THE NEWS
PCGVR director Jim MacMillan was named among the authors of a new study in the journal Preventive Medicine titled “Making the news: Victim characteristics associated with media reporting on firearm injury.” In summary: Researchers and the public turn to the media for information on firearm violence. Half of all shooting victims were not reported in the news. Deaths, multiple shootings, women, and children were more often covered by the media. Comprehensive data on firearm injury is essential. (View the study.)