These Philly Gun Violence Activists Are Not Giving Up On Saving Lives

Brandon Chastang, better known as B. McFly, interviews several prominent figures in Philadelphia’s gun violence prevention community in a series of videos he recently produced for the Credible Messenger Reporting Project here at the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting. WHYY gun violence prevention reporter Sammy Caiola was the professional partner on this project and Chris Mansfield was the Credible Messenger video producer. Above: Youth mentor Ant Brown, at left, is interviewed by B. McFly. Read More

Behind the scenes with P.O.C.

Professional partner P.O.C. of Revive Media sat down recently to share her thoughts behind the making of “Numb to Normalcy,” one of several mini-documentaries produced during the first round of the Credible Messenger Reporting Project last year.

The interview was conducted by our Community Engagement Manager Maxayn Gooden, who first joined our organization last year while producing her own project as a Credible Messenger community journalist in our program.

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Moms reflect on producing “The Path Forward”

Four members of Mothers in Charge, one of Philadelphia’s leading gun violence prevention communities, partnered with a longtime Philadelphia journalist and her team to produce “The Path Forward,” a short documentary sharing their own intimate conversation about losing their sons to gun violence. Read More

New grant ensures next round of Credible Messenger Reporting Project

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. Project design and planning are underway now and we will post a call for applications very early in the new year for new work to be produced and distributed next spring. Read More

Community gathers for screening of “The Lasting Impact”

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

Mothers discuss life after losing their sons to gun violence

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

Community Conversations and Speed Networking

Fifteen Philadelphia-based journalists were invited to spend a day with 30 residents from the core communities impacted by gun violence in the city, most of whom had lost several loved ones. The gathering was convened by The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting in a first step toward informing a new set of best practices for journalists covering the issue and exploring the impact of news coverage on levels of violence. Read More