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 Read More

No breaking news here

With every new outbreak of gun violence in Philadelphia, we understand that many people may be seeking more information about specific incidents but we do not provide breaking news coverage. Instead, we recommend that those reporting gun violence consider the resources below. Read More

This week in Chicago: Meeting with health care journalists

Dr. Jesscia Beard, director of research here at the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting, will be a featured speaker this week at Reporting on Violence as a Public Health Issue: An AHCJ Summit. The workshop organized by the Association of Health Care Journalists will also feature WHYY gun violence prevention reporter Sammy Caiola as well as Yvonne Latty, who directs the new Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting at Temple University, and PCGVR director Jim MacMillan. Non-Member Virtual Tickets are still available.

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Expanding our team and our services

The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting is delighted to report that Oronde McClain has joined the staff as our first Credible Messenger Newsroom Liaison, Shannon Hodges is joining us as a Podcast Producer this summer to promote the interviews conducted by our Community Engagement Manager Maxayn Gooden, and as we announced recently, Maria Mitri is joining us this summer and has been helping us organize our content and operations. Read More

Make a Difference: Support the Center

Thank you for making your way to the bottom of our home page. Your attention and concern mean the world.

• We launched The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting two years ago to explore the hypothesis that changing the way journalists and news organizations report on gun violence could prevent shootings and save lives.

• We organized a community reporting project to shift power to people with lived expertise, a professional development program to support journalists already covering gun violence and a research collaborative which has been refining our focus by identifying harmful reporting practices and asking what the ideal, most ethical and impactful reporting on gun violence might look like.

• Now we are focused on implementing what we have learned, synthesizing our programs for maximum impact and sustaining the Center for years to come. We are proud of our progress and but the gun violence crisis only worsens and we need your help. Please consider making a recurring tax-deductible contribution today. Please visit:

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Maxayn Gooden, Community Engagement Manager

Maxayn Gooden is Community Engagement Manager for the Credible Messenger Reporting Project. Her work includes communicating with past, present and future community journalists, helping to meet their reporting needs, gathering community-produced content and helping to plan and execute improvements to the Credible Messenger Reporting Project. Read More

Join the conversation

We are very grateful to the network of community representatives, journalists, clinicians, researchers, officials and other collaborators who have supported our work in recent years and now we have opened our space on Slack as an avenue for daily discussions, to share opportunities, keep you updated on news from the Center and enhance our relationships. We hope this effort attracts new friends too. Please join us! Read More

Reorganized for 2022

Our home page was overflowing with our activities during 2021. So, we spent the holiday break reorganizing our site to make it easier to find the things you need in the new year. Read More

Status report: Our first full year at the Center

Gun violence continued to increase both locally and nationally throughout 2021 but we have made good progress developing The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting during this first full year of operations and we expect to demonstrate more positive impact with each following year. We have now organized our work into three closely-aligned programs. 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

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