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What if changing the way journalists cover gun violence could prevent shootings and save lives?


To help us find out, please consider supporting the Center for Gun Violence Reporting at Community College of Philadelphia and our new Credible Messenger Reporting Project.

The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting was created to inform a new set of best practices for journalists reporting on gun violence and to explore the hypothesis that changing the way this issue is covered could help stop the violence. The experts in our network give us good reason to believe this work will make a difference.
First, we hosted "Gun Violence in the News: Conversations Between Journalists and the Community" on the Temple University Health Sciences Campus on North Philadelphia.

Then, we hosted the inaugural Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit at WHYY in Philadelphia.

Next: We 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 was launched by veteran Philadelphia multimedia journalist and educator Jim MacMillan while in his role as a fellow with the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. This project is co-managed with fiscal sponsorship by CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia.
During our first year of operations, The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting modestly supported a diverse group of 82 conference presenters, event staffers and community members.
Summit participants included local and national journalists who report on gun violence; community representatives with prolonged lived experience and clinicians and researchers specializing in communications, criminology, epidemiology and public health.
Attendees included public officials and policymakers, activists and organizers, first responders, medical students, high school journalists and a former mayor of Philadelphia, as well as additional impacted residents from Philadelphia neighborhoods. For more information, visit:
Please help us continue and expand this groundbreaking initiative.

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