Now you can watch “Never Ending Emotions” online in its entirety. 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. Read More
DR. Jessica Beard will study the current state of gun violence reporting in Philadelphia and partner with local journalists to educate the public on root causes and solutions for the city’s gun violence epidemic. 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.
About five-to-ten percent of city blocks generate half to two-thirds of all serious reported crimes, such as gun violence. Two short documentaries produced with support from our Credible Messenger Reporting Project have premieres next week. The city will soon begin distributing funds to community groups addressing gun violence. The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office will host three roundtable discussions with young people impacted by gun violence. Philadelphia gun violence prevention activist Jamal Johnson is marching to Washington. Read More
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney doubled down on his refusal to declare a gun violence emergency during the city’s bi-weekly gun violence prevention briefing last Wednesday. Shortly before the briefing, a triple shooting in West Philadelphia left an 18-year-old and 15-year-old dead, and another 15-year-old wounded. As of last week, community groups hadn’t heard a word about the gun violence prevention money promised in Philly’s new budget Read More
Several newsrooms shared a letter from Mayor Jim Kenney refusing to declare a state of emergency for gun violence in Philadelphia. Councilmember Jamie Gauthier led the response. Some are now calling the mayor a coward. Read More
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