Incredible August at PCGVR

We had an incredible August at PCGVR, making the case for better gun violence reporting on panels at three national conference, culminating here last week when the Online News Association (ONA) Conference convened here in Philadelphia.

Our month started with PCGVR director Jim MacMillan invited to join a panel with the Law and Justice Journalism Project at the National Association of Black Journalists’ conference in Birmingham, Alabama. WHYY’s Cherri Gregg moderated.

Next, our team was represented on two panels at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference in Washington.

Our Credible Messenger Newsroom Liaison Oronde McClain took part in one session and two of our key research partners took part in another: Profs. Jennifer Midberry of Lehigh University and Patrick Walters of Washington and Lee University.

Prof. Yvonne Latty, director of the Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting at Temple University and another key partner in our work, also took part in the first panel and was honored in a separate event with AEJMC’s Gene Burd Award for Excellence in Urban Journalism.

The Logan Center and partnering WHYY News were also recognized last month with a national Edward R. Murrow Award for their collaborative podcast: “Stop and Frisk: Revisit or Resist.” PCGVR director Jim MacMillan played a small advising role before production.

PCGVR director of research Dr. Jessica Beard and Prof. Latty took part last week on the ONA panel pictured here, along with WHYY VP for news Sarah Glover, Young Chances Foundation CEO Tyrique Glasgow and Mensah Dean, Philadelphia reporter for The Trace. More than 80 conference attendees joined us.

On the evening before, nearly 100 ONA attendees, local journalists, community leaders, researchers and supporters checked in for our Better Gun Violence Reporting Reception at the Pen and Pencil Club, our city’s historic press club.

Thank you to everyone who joined us last month.

Next: We are making plans to share our work during events taking place this fall at the University of Scranton, the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Tufts University and Washington and Lee University.