The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting will recruit and train community members to produce stories from their neighborhoods about the experience of living with gun violence, as well as identifying its root causes and potential solutions.
The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting will create a new Center for Gun Violence Reporting in Philadelphia that focuses on preventing shootings and saving lives by changing the narrative …
To avoid polarization, don’t say “gun control” when you mean “gun violence prevention.” Some terms may also perpetuate stereotypes. If you’re covering gun violence, learn about guns.
Consider the impact of your reporting. Could it lead to less violence or might it risk inciting more? Be mindful of how the reporting may impact survivors, families, and communities affected by gun violence.
Reach out and encourage communities to participate in the reporting process. Convey how this will result in better reporting and bring more attention to the stories they want told.
Knowing what is widely believed but false is important. Provide information to dispute misinformation.
Complicate the narrative! Complexity makes people more curious. Try to make people think, rather than telling them what to think. Recognize that living with complex social, behavioral, economic, and community circumstances can perpetuate violence.
Put community narratives first. Center stories around victims — and humanize them. Begin by taking a look in the mirror. Recognize who you are, own your biases, and do the work to unlearn them.
Nothing is more clear than the need and responsibility of journalists to do the hard work of earning trust in impacted communities.
We have been reviewing everything we learned during the Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit, including transcripts and audio recordings, reporting notes on audience questions and answers, news media coverage, social media feedback, preliminary research findings and follow-up surveys.
Six months have now passed since we hosted the inaugural Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit in Philadelphia.
We’re even more grateful now to the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri because IBGVR founder Jim MacMillan has been invited to extend his fellowship for another six months.
Prompted by mothers who lost children to gun violence, several Philadelphia new organizations began sharing resource lists when reporting on shootings last fall and now CBS Philadelphia has joined the movement.
We now have detailed reporting notes gathered during #BGVR2019: the inaugural Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit which took place November 8, 2019 at WHYY in Philadelphia.
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.
Big congratulations and best wishes to Errin Haines in her exciting new role as Editor-at-large for The 19th! We’re still feeling honored and grateful for Errin bringing her knowledge and talents to host #BGVR2019: our inaugural Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit last fall in Philadelphia.
IBGVR founder Jim MacMillan was invited to make a lunch-hour presentation on “Best Practices for Journalists Covering Gun Violence,” during a convening near Washington last month of an expert panel addressing the current gap in firearms data.
We sent an anonymous survey to everyone who registered for our recent Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit. We’ve got 66 responses so far and the reviews are good.
After closely monitoring #COVID19, AFFIRM and Airway Stories have decided to postpone the March 11 event out of an abundance of caution. All ticket sales shall be honored when new date is announced! Thank you for understanding.
Journalists are faced with the difficult task of reporting on gun violence in a manner that serves the public good but does not compound the trauma of victims.
Not everybody agrees with our approach and we’re not going bring about change if we only communicate with our allies.
You might be surprised at how much work remains after producing an event like the Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit. From budgets and contracts to content management and media relations, we’re still digging out. But we have a lot of exciting developments to report.
Health care providers, public health practitioners and researchers unpack the root causes of gun violence and evidence-based solutions.
Three prominent Philadelphia journalists addressed questions gathered from women who had lost loved ones to gun violence, in a conversation intended to bring the communities closer together and improve coverage of the issue.
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.