Cheryl Thompson-Morton, Black Media Initiative Director for the Center for Community Media at the Craig Newmark School of Graduate Journalism, was the keynote speaker at our Better Gun Violence Reporting Workshop yesterday. Her talk was titled: Reimagining Gun Violence Reporting.

Ernest Owens, at right, is the president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, Editor at Large for Philadelphia Magazine and CEO of Ernest Media Empire, LLC. He hosted the event.

Nearly 60 Philadelphia TV news journalists, community leaders and other experts came together to imagine how we can lead the way in our city to advance the most ethical, empathetic and impactful reporting possible.

Featured presentations included:

Journalism and Trauma
Yvonne Latty, Temple University

Stories of Empathy and Love
Jos Duncan Asé, Love Now Media

Reclaiming the Narrative
Maxayn Gooden & Oronde McClain, The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting
Denise James, Love Now Media and Temple University (Moderator)

Gun Violence Prevention Resources
Mensah Dean
The Trace

Workshop discussions, brainstorming, prototype development, pitches, voting and commitments were designed and facilitated by The Better Lab.

We will report back in greater detail during the coming days and weeks but for now you can get a first glance at the gathering by checking our hashtag: #BGVR22

Credible Messenger Film Festival

We have added more photos from the closing night to the slide show from our recent Credible Messenger Film Festival, where we screened the first six short documentaries produced with our support. To see the slide show, learn more and find links to the film, visit: Credible Messenger Film Festival, 2022

Audio documentary

Tashawn Strother, a community journalist from our Credible Messenger Reporting Project, hosts an audio documentary sharing her family’s journey after her son Walter Willis was shot and critically wounded on New Year’s Eve in 2019. Voices include our Director of Research Dr. Jessica Beard, who is also the trauma surgeon who cared for Walter – and Walter himself. [Behind the scenes interviews]

Inside the Credible Messenger Reporting Project

In this conversation, our Community Engagement Manager Maxayn Gooden interviews Ernest Owens about participating in our Credible Messenger Reporting Project. Ernest is the Editor-at-Large at Philadelphia Magazine and President of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.

Thanks to new and continuing funding from the Independence Public Media Foundation, the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting is now accepting applications for a third cohort in our: Credible Messenger Reporting Project

Research at the Center

The Center hosts an interdisciplinary research collaborative that is exploring the intersection of gun violence, impacted communities and the media. Our Director or Research Dr. Jessica Beard presented our work last spring at the SAVIR conference in Washington. Dr. Jennifer Midberry presented at ICA in Paris. More info: Research at the Center

Better Gun Violence Reporting

What does the most ethical, impactful and empathetic reporting look like when covering community gun violence? Our Director of Research Dr. Jessica Beard participated in this media panel addressing the role and responsibilities of the media. Click to play now, read about the event at Billy Penn and feel free to embed this video from YouTube.

What if changing the way journalists and news organizations report on community gun violence could prevent shootings and save lives?

Weekly Brief: 09.28.22

by The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting in Weekly Brief

Each week we share news from the Center plus updates on gun violence and prevention from our partners at Billy Penn.

Above: This week’s newsletter previewed our Better Gun Violence Reporting Workshop.

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• About the Center
• Who we are
• Better Gun Violence Reporting
• Credible Messenger Reporting Project
• Research at the Center
• Trauma & Care
• Data Catalog
• Philadelphia Data
• Media Mentions
• Free Weekly Brief
• Support the Center
• Search this site
• Send us a Message

• Have you been affected?
• Need help now?
• In memoriam

• The Stoneleigh Foundation
• Independence Public Media Foundation
• Spring Point Partners
• Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund
• The Lenfest Institute for Journalism
• The Alfred and Mary Douty Foundation
• Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri
• Philadelphia Office of Violence Prevention
• The Barra Foundation Directors Grant Program

In-kind contributors
• Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists
• Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri
• Mothers in Charge
• AH Datalytics
• Action Tank
• The Scattergood Foundation
• Resolve Philly
• Fels Lab at the University of Pennsylvania

Community Partners
• Mothers in Charge
• Zero Homicides Now
• Need in Deed

Media Partners
• WHYY & Billy Penn
• The Trace & Up the Block
• Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists
• Kouvenda Media
• Seeking Solutions: Gun Violence in Missouri
• Philadelphia Obituary Project
• Resolve Philly, Broke in Philly, The Toll and the Germantown Info Hub
• WURD Radio
• Columbia Journalism Review
• The Student Vanguard at Community College of Philadelphia
• Revive Radio

Summit partner institutions
• Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of Missouri
• Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma as Columbia University
• The Lenfest Institute for Journalism
• The Trace
• The Guardian: Guns and Lies
• Coalition of Trauma Centers for Firearm Injury Prevention
• Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions
• Guns & America, WAMU
• Mothers in Charge

Credible Messenger Reports
• They Don’t Care About Us – or Do They?
• Stronger Every Day: Healing After Gun Violence
• These Philly Gun Violence Activists Are Not Giving Up On Saving Lives
• Humanity behind the headlines: Black men on surviving in Philly
• Never Ending Emotions
• The Lasting Impact: The emotional scars that gun violence leaves behind
• The Path Forward
• Numb to Normalcy: Gun Violence in America
• Voices Beyond the Gunfire

• Apply to become a Credible Messenger community journalist
• Apply to become a professional reporting partner
• Request to invite Professional Reporting Partner
• Resources for Credible Messenger Reporting Teams
• Credible Messenger Project Proposal Form
• Frequently asked questions

Local data
• Philadelphia Shooting Victims Dashboard
• Philadelphia Shooting Victims: Past 48 months
• Philadelphia and Pennsylvania open data and related resources


The Philadelphia Center Gun Violence Reporting is project of The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting. The Initiative is co-managed with fiscal sponsorship by CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia and is a member of CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia.


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