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
The latest event in Community College of Philadelphia’s “Enough is Enough” teach-in series was “Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis in Philadelphia,” held on June 15, 2021. The event was hosted by CCP President Dr. Donald Guy Generals and moderated by PCGVR Research Director and Stoneleigh Fellow Dr. Jessica Beard. We are grateful to the esteemed panelists for an engaging discussion, including Dr. Ruth Abaya, Stoneleigh Fellow and co-chair of the Philadelphia Roadmap to Safer Communities, Philadelphia City Councilmember Jamie Gauthier, CBS3 managing editor Manuel Smith, Mothers in Charge Founder Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight and CCP Visiting Lecturer and Diversity Fellow Malika Rahman. Read More
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
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
Jim MacMillan is the founder and director of The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting and is now developing the Center for Gun Violence Reporting at Community College of Philadelphia. Last year he was a Residential Fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. Read More
Dr. Jessica Beard and Jim MacMillan of the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting were among authors of a study published 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. Read More