We’re making final preparations for: Gun violence in the news

We’re making final preparations today for…

Gun violence in the news: Conversations between journalists and the community in Philadelphia

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.

Conversations are intended to get to know each other better and create opportunities to ask questions and share ideas for how gun violence coverage could best serve the community — and to make lasting connections.


This event is organized by The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting, in partnership with Mothers in ChargeResolve Philadelphia and the Coalition of Trauma Centers for Firearm Injury Prevention.

Funding has been provided by the City of Philadelphia Office of Violence Prevention.


The program will be hosted by Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight, founder and executive director of Mothers on Charge, one of Philadelphia’s leading community groups focused on gun violence prevention.


H. Jean Wright II, PsyD, will discuss gun violence and trauma. Dr. Wright is a transformational, highly experienced and professionally trained clinical and forensic psychologist with over 20 years of experience in behavioral health.

Jim MacMillan will briefly discuss the partnership behind this event. He is a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri and director of The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting.

Derrick Cain, the community engagement Editor at Resolve Philadelphia will briefly discuss his organization which develops and advances journalism built on equity, collaboration and the elevation of community voices and solutions.

Professors Jennifer Midberry and Jason Peifer from The Media School Indiana University will lead a team of focus group facilitators. Together with community partners, they will share their findings at The Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit in November,

Shana Salley-MacMillan of Brandywine Strategies will lead a speed dating session. This is an opportunity for every journalist to have a quick meeting with every community member in attendance.


Danielle Blanco of Mothers in Charge will lead a team of event staffers, including Rysheda Elliot, Valerie Listman, Thomas Roach and Kempis Songster.

Alison Burdo is the Philadelphia operations coordinator for the Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting and is managing event administration.

Kate Black, associate director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Traumawill be in attendance. She has been generously advising plans for our November Summit.

We are also grateful for advising and collaboration with the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and the Coalition of Trauma Centers for Firearm Injury Prevention.

A team from PhillyCam will document the event and share their report on PhillyCam Voices and online.

Registration is full and this event is not open to the public but media inquiries are invited.


Save the date and watch for more information coming soon about The Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit, taking place November 8 at WHYY in Philadelphia.