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.”
The inaugural Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit will be hosted by Errin Haines, The Associated Press’ National Writer on Race and Ethnicity.
Fifteen Philadelphia journalists were invited to spend a day with 30 residents from the core communities impacted by gun violence in the city, most of whom had lost several loved ones.
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.
This event has been created to bring together members of the community impacted by gun violence in Philadelphia with journalists who play some role in coverage of the issue.
Fellowship project will include development of best practices guidebook with feedback from journalists, family of gun violence victims
It’s been two months and 1,000 miles since our launch, and the Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting is striding towards its ambitious goals.
Nichole Currie of Germantown Solutions, a podcast series powered by the Germantown Info Hub, sat down with MacMillan to learn more about his research.
Next month, founder Jim MacMillan begins a residential fellowship at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, where a small but outstanding team of students will join the initiative.
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.