Sheila Hodges was the first communications manager for the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting.
During her first semester at Penn, Sheila served as a general assignments reporter for the Daily Pennsylvanian and was promoted to be the West Philadelphia beat reporter her second semester. While serving as the West Philadelphia beat reporter, she wrote articles on gun violence, featuring the perspectives of gun violence activists, non-profits, politicians, doctors, and community members. This experience combined with her attendance of Columbia Journalism Review‘s 2021 Gun Violence News Summit fueled her to further explore how the traditional frame of gun violence articles could be reimagined.
At the center, Sheila’s primary role was reporting on the work of each Credible Messenger Reporting Project team and producing social media content. She hopes to further learn about how gun violence can be reported on more holistically.
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