The complete audio recording from the first session of the inaugural Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit is now available — and the rest will follow soon.
We are grateful to the team at The Trace for coordinating this critical session with leading journalists covering gun violence across the nation.
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Covering Community Gun Violence: How We’re Trying to Do It Better
James Burnett, Editorial Director, The Trace, New York
James Burnett is the founding Editorial Director and Managing Director of The Trace. In his two decades as a reporter, editor, and newsroom leader, James has also served as Story Editor at The New Republic; as News Editor at New York Magazine, where he won a National Magazine Award for Special Issue; and as the chief editor of Boston Magazine.
Nadege Green, Reporter, WLRN Public Radio, Miami
Nadege Green covers social justice issues for WLRN. Her work was received numerous awards, including a 2017 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award (Planning Funerals For Children Lost To Gun Violence), 2016 first place investigative reporting award from the National Association of Black Journalists and Florida AP Broadcaster awards. In 2018 Green was recognized by the Miami Foundation with the Ruth Shack Leadership award for her body of work that gives voice to communities that are often not heard. Green’s reporting has appeared in the Miami Herald, NPR and PRI.
Abené Clayton, Reporter, The Guardian, Guns and Lies in America, Oakland
Abené Clayton graduated from the Berkeley Graduate school of journalism in May 2019, where she produced two news magazine-length videos focused on disparities among Bay Area kidney patients and crime survivors in Richmond, California. She is currently a part of The Guardian newspaper’s “Guns & Lies” series, and specializes in covering community-based gun violence and California’s criminal legal system.
Jonathan Bullington, Investigative Reporter, Courier Journal, Louisville
Jonathan Bullington of the Courier Journal is Louisville has previously been a reporter with the Chicago Tribune and the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. Bullington’s work has focused on issues of criminal justice, from a family whose chance at justice for their murdered loved one was washed away in Katrina to how stolen firearms fuel street violence.
Akoto Ofori-Atta, Managing Editor, The Trace, New York
As managing editor at The Trace, Akoto Ofori-Atta is responsible for managing partnerships, outreach, special projects, editorial operations and the fellowship program. She directed “Since Parkland” The Trace’s groundbreaking student journalism project, which deployed 200+ teen reporters to write 1,200 portraits of young gun violence victims. Previously, she held the position of Associate Editor and Social Media Manager at The Root and as a Senior Editor at Essence Magazine. Before coming to the The Trace, she completed a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University. Akoto is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Online New Association.
The inaugural Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit focused on covering community gun violence and took place on November 8, 2019 at WHYY in Philadelphia.
This gathering was convened to inform a new set of best practices for journalists reporting on gun violence and to explore the hypothesis that changing the way this topic is covered can prevent shootings and save lives.
Sessions were led by experts from:
• The Trace
• Guns & America
• Mothers in Charge
• The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
• The Media School at Indiana University, Bloomington and..
• The Coalition of Trauma Centers for Firearm Injury Prevention
We are grateful for support from:
• The Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri
• The Lenfest Institute for Journalism
• WHYY Philadelphia
• The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists
• The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
• Action Tank, and..
• AH Datalytics