Resources for reporting on gun violence

This page was created to share resources for those reporting on gun violence. If you spot errors or omissions, please Contact PCGVR.

Now on it’s own page: Philadelphia and Pennsylvania open data and related resources

Reporting resources

• Best Practices for Reporting on Community Gun Violence: The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting

• Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit: The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting

Agenda | Audio | Experts | Hashtag | Notes | Photos | Press | Recap

American Violence

Bibliography of academic studies on contagion (2017)

• Berkeley Media Studies Group: Search results for “gun”

Bullet Points: a resource for clinicians and medical educators who are committed to firearm injury prevention.

Covering Guns

David Kennedy addresses Mothers in Charge, 2014

Dart Center: Covering Guns & Gun Violence

Dart Center: Reporting on Youth Violence

EveryStat: From EveryTown Research

Fatal shootings by police: The Washington Post

Firearm technology and vocabulary: Everytown

Five things about deterrence – National Institute of Justice

Following up: Gun violence coverage references from ONA18

Google Dataset Search

Gun Deaths In America | FiveThirtyEight

Gun Violence 20/20 City Tracker

Gun Violence Data Dashboard: Rockefeller Institute of Government

Gun Violence Archive

Gun Violence Data: Comprehensive record of over 260k US gun violence incidents from 2013-2018


Interrupters Documentary

JJIE Resources: Data and Statistics

JJIE Youth Gun Violence Resources

Journalist’s Resource – Search Results for: gun

Joyce Foundation “Lunch & Learn” webinar series on emerging research

K-12 School Shooting Database

Let’s treat violence live a contagious disease: TED Talk

Mapping Police Violence

Miscellaneous Crime Sites (enormous resource list)

#NotAnAccident: unintentional shootings by children

The Off-Ramp Project: Mass shooting info hub

On the Media: How to Report On Gun Violence in America

Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change: Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Police and Research

Rank state by type of gun death: Gun Violence in the United States, 2010-17

Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change

Reducing Violence Without Police: A Review or Research Evidence

Reporting Roseburg: The Journalists’ Narrative

Reporting on Violence: New Ideas for Television, Print and Web (2001!)

Solutions Story Tracker

• The Trace: Monthly Firearm Sales Estimates

Firearm technology and vocabulary: Everytown

Vox: America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 16 maps and charts

Gun violence and prevention news

The Trace

Guns and America

The Guardian US

Notable journalism projects

The Children of Central City: | The Times Picayune

• Children Under Fire: St. Louis Public Radio

Cost of the Crossfire: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Guns & Lies: The Guardian US

Gun Violence in Missouri: Seeking Solutions

• Gun Violence Solutions: Info Hub Radio Hour (1, 2, 3, 4)

How We Fix This: The Trace

Missouri Gun Violence Project

Pennsylvania Capital-Star #PAForward Search: “gun” tweets

Precious Lives: Milwaukee Public Media

• Solutions Story Tracker: What Works to Reduce Community Gun Violence?

The Other Victims of Gun Violence: Modern Healthcare

Targeting Gun Violence Newsletter: Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

The Toll (newsletter): The Indianapolis Star

The True Cost of Gun Violence in America: Mother Jones

Voices of Gun Violence: Milwaukee Stories

What Bullets Do to Bodies: The Huffington Post

Wounded City: The Commercial Appeal

Mass shooting coverage resources

The Unintended Consequences of Media Coverage of Mass Shooters (and What We Can Do About Them) – IRE 2018 Tipsheet

The Violence Project: Mass Shooting Data & Research

Recommendations For Reporting on Mass Shootings:

No Notoriety:

Don’t Name Them

The “I Love U Guys” Foundation –

Reporting Roseburg – The Journalists’ Narrative

US Mass Shootings, 1982-2021: Data From Mother Jones’ Investigation

Journalism organizations

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

Reynolds Journalism Institute

Solutions Journalism Network

Peace Journalism

Philadelphia Neighborhoods: Mobile & Remote Journalism Toolkit

Gun violence research institutions

Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy & Research

John Jay Research and Evaluation Center

AFFIRM: American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine

Center for Gun Violence Prevention

The New Jersey Center on Gun Violence Research at Rutgers

Berkeley Media Studies Group

The National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research 

Begun Center for Violence Prevention

Intervention programs

Cure Violence

National Network for Safe Communities

Cradle to Grave

Philly Truce app

Healing Hurt People 

Advance Peace


Mothers in Charge

National Offices of Violence Prevention Network

Advocacy groups

Everytown for Gun Safety

Moms Demand Action



Newtown Action Alliance

Sandy Hook Promise

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Community Justice Action Fund

The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

March For Our Lives

Stop Handgun Violence

States United


Online memorials

National Gun Violence Memorial

Philadelphia Obituary Project


Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence–and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets

Don’t Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America: David M. Kennedy

Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis

The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs To Know®: Philip J. Cook, Kristin A. Goss

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America: Jill Leovy

Third and Indiana: A Novel : Steve Lopez (fiction, maybe)

On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City (Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries): Alice Goffman (*controversy)

Columbine: Dave Cullen


Reporting on traumatic events such as gun violence can present special challenges and responsibilities related to the well-being of journalists, the people we engage with and the audiences and communities we serve. Please take advantage of these resources from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma:


Self Care Tips for News Media

Self-Care Amid Disaster

Managing Stress & Trauma on Investigative Projects

New Media Landscape, Less Media Safety

8 Ways Freelance Journalists Can Practice Self-Care

Student Journalist Perspective: Self-Care Practices for the Newsroom

For editors:

Reporters Exposed to Traumatic Events: Tips for Managers and Editors

Editor Perspective: Self-Care Practices and Peer Support for the Newsroom

Harm reduction:

Working with Victims and Survivors: Minimise Further Harm

Ethical Reporting on Traumatised People