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
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Credible Messenger Reporting Project productions
PPM Fest presents “The Path Forward” in its entirety each Friday at noon during October
A new short documentary called “The Path Forward” shares a conversation among four mothers who lost sons to gun violence in Philadelphia, recalling intimate experiences from first getting the news to learning how to survive.
Produced by Mothers in Charge with support from The Credible Messenger Reporting Project, “The Path Forward” will be available in its entirely each Friday at noon during October as part of the People Powered Media Fest, a month-long celebration of community media from PhillyCam.
You can watch on Xfinity 66/966HD, Fios 29/30 or online at phillycam.org/watch.
More Credible Messenger documentaries
This documentary features 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. More info: Never Ending Emotions
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. More info: The Lasting Impact
Meet the Credible Messenger teams
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
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
The team behind the first production from the Credible Messenger Reporting Project held a live screening of “The Lasting Impact” Sunday night, followed by a panel discussing how it came together and what might happen next. Read More
This week, the Independence Public Media Foundation announced $4 million in grants supporting community media-makers, journalism, film and digital equity projects, including $100,000 from its Community Voices Fund to refine and expand our Credible Messenger Reporting Project.
The Credible Messenger Reporting Project trains, compensates and empowers people impacted by gun violence in Philadelphia to produce and distribute news reports addressing its root causes, their lived experience and possible solutions from the community perspective, with guidance from professional journalists.
Project design and planning will commence with stakeholder calls next month and applications will open later this year for new work to be produced and distributed next spring.
Research at the Center
Dr. Jessica H. Beard, a trauma surgeon who treats gunshot patients at Temple University Hospital and public health researcher at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM), has joined the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting as our Director of Research, supported by three-year Stoneleigh Foundation Fellowship. (Read the press release.)
Discussion: Preventing harmful gun violence reporting
Improving news coverage of gun violence was the topic of this discussion on Flashpoint from KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia. Panelists included Young Chances Foundation founder Tyrique Glasgow, KYW Brand Manager and Program Director Alex Silverman and Dr. Jessica Beard, Director of Research here at the Center. KYW’s Antionette Lee moderated.
Podcast: Changing the Narrative on Gun Violence
Dr. Beard was recently interviewed for the Narratives of North Broad Podcast and discussed her path to medicine, her passion for public health and some of the causes and solutions to gun violence in our cities. Listen:
More insights and research
Critical conversation: Gun violence and community trauma in the Covid-19 pandemic
Dr. Beard also took part in a recent discussion of gun violence and public health on WHYY’s Radio Times. Listen:
Listening to people with lived experience
During our Community Conversations event at Temple University Hospital in late 2019, Lehigh University Journalism Professor Jennifer Midberry led a focus group research team that listened to dozens of Philadelphia residents who had been significantly affected by gun violence. They discussed how they perceive local media coverage of the issue and how they think such reporting can be improved. reporting can be improved. Listen:
Resources for better gun violence reporting
We launched our efforts to support journalists reporting on gun violence by organizing The Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit in Philadelphia, shortly before the pandemic. At this time we are exploring the possibility of organizing virtual summits beginning in 2022. Meanwhile, please explore this site for more reporting resources and let us know what else we can do to help.