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IBGVR monthly update: New challenges

Like everyone else, The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting has been suffering canceled events and postponed partnerships due to the coronavirus pandemic. But at the same time, exciting new developments are emerging and a long term project will soon be complete.

Coming soon

Our best practices guide for reporting on community gun violence is in final editing stages now and will soon be produced in multiple formats for distribution. The documents are informed primarily by the broad spectrum of experts who participated in the inaugural Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit last fall in Philadelphia.

Looking ahead

We have been invited to introduce our reporting guide to some of the nation's most important news organizations soon after it seems safe to travel and meet again. We are also having initial talks about partnering on a new podcast about gun violence prevention and have high hopes for impactful outcomes.

New resources

There are two new links on the main menu at our web site: IBGVR.org

CARE leads to a curated list of articles from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, and addresses some of the special challenges and responsibilities that come with reporting on a topic such as gun violence.

EXPERTS can be found under the SUMMIT tab and leads to a page that alphabetically presents short biographies and Twitter links for all those who appeared onstage during last fall's Summit.

#BGVR2020

Please send any suggestions for topics you would like to see addressed at our next annual conference. Sponsorship inquiries are also invited at this time. Time will tell if the summit can take place in person -- perhaps with a smaller group in attendance -- or if we might convene online this year. Stay tuned.

In the news

Trauma surgeon, gun violence prevention researcher and #BGVR2019 presenter Dr. Elinore Kaufman authored this opinion piece The New York Times: Please, Stop Shooting. We Need the Beds.

Our Summit partners from The Trace and Guns and America have been leading the way on reporting at the intersection of gun violence and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research just announced that they will be holding this year's Summer Youth Institute online. Applications are open now: Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change

A new and exhaustive review of gun policies from the RAND Corporation follows up their 2018 report and assesses the effectiveness of 18 gun laws. Gun Policy in America: Latest Updates: April 2020
The photographs on this page were captured during the inaugural Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit by Kriston Jae Bethel. Visit the complete gallery of images from the event.

The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting has been 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 prevent shooting incidents and save lives.

We have good reason to believe this work will make a difference. Your contributions will help make future events and research possible.

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