City to support event bringing community together with journalists to address violence

The City of Philadelphia will be supporting a collaborative violence-prevention event to be organized by The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting.

From the proposal:

What if changing the way news organizations report on gun violence could actually reduce the number shooting incidents and save lives?

And who knows better than individuals who have been directly impacted, including survivors and those who have lost loved ones, as well an anyone living in a neighborhood distressed by gun violence?

The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting is applying for support to host a one-day “speed dating” event to bring Philadelphia residents impacted by gun violence together with Philadelphia journalists to ask questions and make suggestions for how better gun violence coverage could best serve the community, and make lasting connections for future engagement.

The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting will plan and organize this event in partnership with Mothers in Charge, Resolve Philadelphia and The Coalition of Trauma Centers for Firearm Injury Prevention.

All four organizations are based in Philadelphia:

Mothers in Charge is a violence prevention, education and intervention-based organization, which advocates and supports youth, young adults, families and communities affected by violence. – mothersincharge.org

Resolve Philadelphia develops and advances journalism built on equity, collaboration and the elevation of community voices and solutions. Their partnership includes 23 local newsrooms: – resolvephilly.org

The Coalition of Trauma Centers for Firearm Injury Prevention supports evidence-based, data-driven legislative and non-legislative change to reduce rates of firearm injury. – ctcfip.org

The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting is a project planning site led by Philadelphia journalist and journalism educator Jim MacMillan, in advance of his upcoming residential fellowship at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. ibgvr.org

About the grant:

The city’s Targeted Community Investment Grant Program is a key initiative of the Philadelphia Roadmap to Safer Communities, the city’s gun violence reduction plan. Here’s the press release:

City Awards More Than $700,000 to Grassroots Efforts to Stem Gun Violence

Most of the funding for this project will be redirected back into the community, including compensation for participants with lived experience, as well as event staffers. And to the greatest extent possible, we will look to vendors in the community to provide related services such as catering and event hosting.

Next, IBGVR will be meeting with city officials and grant administrators to finalize plans, which will be announced on this site in the near future.

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