The Social Innovations Journal recently published “Leadership Profile of Jim MacMillan: Humble Leadership in Gun Violence Reporting.” Author Linda Fontanilla is a Doctor of Nursing Practice nurse anesthesia student at the University of Pennsylvania, a former Army nurse with one combat deployment and current service director of Action Tank, which was a partner in the Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit.
A recent conference in Philadelphia had a singular goal to help journalists find more effective ways to report on gun violence. This is a summary of what they learned.
The Philadelphia Shooting Victims Dashboard is a project of The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting, a nonprofit whose mission is to “inform a new set of best practices for journalists reporting on gun violence.”
Reporters, trauma surgeons, representatives of NGOs, researchers, and survivors gathered at the Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit in Philadelphia to explore the most constructive ways to report on gun violence
Participants pointed out that news organizations often share resources when reporting stories about suicide, domestic assault, sexual violence and addiction.
People who’ve been impacted firsthand by gun violence requested news organizations share resources when reporting on issues like this — so we put together this list.
The Philadelphia Shooting Victims Dashboard shows data for every gun shot victim in the city for the last five years.
Plus: How about a resource list at the end of every article or broadcast about a shooting?
Most homicide victims in this area are people of color, and until 2-year-old Nikolette Rivera died last month, their names were largely forgotten. Don’t believe me?
Next month, on Nov. 8, the Better Gun Reporting Violence Summit at WHYY-FM in Philadelphia will bring together “experts in public health, gun policy, and violence reduction; community members who have experienced gun violence; and journalists from around the country” to “achieve the same goal: interrupt the cycle of community violence, reduce shootings and save lives.”
Community activists; young people from the inner city; mothers of children killed by guns; and reporters from television, online, and print news outlets gathered to talk about how better to cover gun violence in the city and share commonsense solutions.
Fellowship project will include development of best practices guidebook with feedback from journalists, family of gun violence victims
Nichole Currie of Germantown Solutions, a podcast series powered by the Germantown Info Hub, sat down with MacMillan to learn more about his research.
News consumers have to dig in a little to get a comprehensive grip on gun violence in America.
He hopes to convince news organizations to break with the traditional way they’ve learned to cover gun violence. No more formulaic reports that only reveal the bare details of a shooting, which he says can often leave the reader feeling hopeless.
As an RJI Fellow, MacMillan will develop plans to help journalists cover the country’s most intractable crisis and the most lethal — yet preventable — threat to public health: gun violence.
We need a different approach to save lives, and journalists are a key part of this solution.