Welcome to the Center: Sheila Hodges, Communications Manager

May 26, 2021

Sheila Hodges is joining the Center for Gun Violence Reporting this summer as our communications manager. She is a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania. During her first semester at Penn, Sheila served as a general assignments reporter for the Daily Pennsylvanian and was promoted to be the West Philadelphia beat reporter her second semester. While serving as the West Philadelphia beat reporter, she wrote articles on gun violence, featuring the perspectives of gun violence activists, non-profits, politicians, doctors, and community members. This experience combined with her attendance of Columbia Journalism Review‘s 2021 Gun Violence News Summit fueled her to further explore how the traditional frame of gun violence articles could be reimagined. At the center, Sheila’s primary role will be reporting on the work of each Credible Messenger Reporting Project team and producing social media content. She hopes to further learn about how gun violence can be reported on more holistically. Read More

Philadelphia gun violence and prevention report: May 26, 2021

May 26, 2021

A new study says that Pennsylvania ranks seventh among states with the highest homicides rate among Black residents. Data analysis estimates the annual cost of crime in Philadelphia at more that $5.5 billion — or nearly $3,500 per resident. Residents of the Philadelphia neighborhoods suffering the most gun violence voted last week to re-elect District Attorney Larry Krasner. Resolving conflicts through restorative healing circles could reduce 911 calls and police presence in our neighborhoods. Read More

Welcome to the Center: Charlotte Barron, Project Manager

May 25, 2021

Charlotte Barron has joined the Center for Gun Violence Reporting at Community College of Philadelphia as a project manager this summer. She is a student at St. Andrew’s Sewanee-School in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Previously, Barron worked as a fellow and freelance writer for Student Voices LLC, covering developmental diversity and educational inequality. She also collaborated with the Tennessee branch of Students Leading Change to organize the Chattanooga March For Our Lives and bring sustained student advocacy to the forefront of local firearm policy debates.

While at the Center, Barron’s focus is on network expansion and collaborating with partners to create a centralized directory of gun violence experts. Read More

Philadelphia gun violence and prevention report: May 19, 2021

May 19, 2021

The City of Philadelphia has a guide to help you find ways to address violence in your community and raise awareness about available services. Parents should also learn how to talk to other parents about guns. Community groups pivoted to address gun violence in Philadelphia as the COVID-19 pandemic emerged. Read More