Oronde McClain: Credible Messenger Newsroom Liaison

Above: Oronde McClain speaks during our first Credible Messenger Film Festival in 2022.

Oronde McClain first came to The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting as a community journalist participating in our Credible Messenger Reporting Project in early 2022. Soon after, we invited him to join the staff as our first ever Credible Messenger Newsroom Liaison.

Now he has been recognized with a Stoneleigh Foundation Emerging Leader Fellowship, through which he is leading a new project here at PCGVR, titled: Centering the Voices of Firearm Survivors in Media. In this role he is working to identify, recruit, and support survivors of firearm violence who will make themselves available to local journalists via a secure, digital directory.

For his Credible Messenger project, Oronde interviewed several other survivors for a short documentary titled “They Don’t Care About Us, or Do They?” and later wrote about his experience for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Oronde has represented PCGVR on several live panels and webinars, including “Changing the Narrative on Gun Violence: The Role of Media,” produced by the Stoneleigh Foundation. He also co-produced and co-hosted our first and second Credible Messenger Film Festivals and our Credible Messenger Link Up event.

Read more: New. Needed. Now. – Oronde’s Time of Transformation.

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