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New resources, big plans and more events

Thanks to Chris Malo and Zari Tarazona, both pictured in the second row above, we now have detailed reporting notes gathered during #BGVR2019: the inaugural Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit which took place last fall in Philadelphia.

IBGVR on the road

IBGVR founder Jim MacMillan is focused on strategy and development this spring and has begun a tour of possible partners and collaborators that will bring him from the University of Missouri to New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Washington. If your organization wants to get more involved, this is a good time to reach out and let us know.
Last month, MacMillan was invited to present on “Best Practices for Journalists Covering Gun Violence” near Washington during a convening of an expert panel on firearms data, organized by NORC at the University of Chicago with support from Arnold Ventures.
Next month, Jim MacMillan will participate in Reframe: Changing the Conversation about Gun Violence in America, an evening of storytelling and fundraising in New York City.
Hosted by AFFIRM (American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine) and AIRWAY, the funds we raise will help us to further the mission of AFFIRM to fund research, education, and build communities to combat the epidemic of gun violence.

IBGVR founder Jim MacMillan profiled in Social Innovations Journal

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 producung the Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit.

Kind words from Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said onTwitter last week: "For National Gun Violence Survivors Week, I’m going to be highlighting some survivors, families of survivors, and difference makers who’ve moved us all with their stories and dedication to making change happen." We're grateful for his kind words.

Have you been impacted by gun violence in Philadelphia? We want to hear about it.

Professor Jennifer Midberry of Indiana University conducted focus group research during IBGVR's Community Conversations event last fall in Philadelphia and presented preliminary findings at the Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit.

If you have been impacted by gun violence in Philadelphia, Midberry's team of researchers would like to hear your opinions and your stories, which will inform a study to be shared with journalists working to improve gun violence reporting.

Focus groups will be about 90 minutes long and held in a location convenient to you. You will receive a $50.00 Amazon gift card for your participation.

If you would like more information on how to participate, just let us know.

IBGVR Shooting Victims Dashboard now featured on Open Data Philly

IBGVR's Philadelphia Shooting Victims Dashboard is now featured on Open Data Philly, a collaborative catalog of open data in the Philadelphia region. In addition to being the official open data repository for the City of Philadelphia, it includes data sets from many organizations in the region. We also spotted the dashboard being utilized in a recent story from The Philadelphia Tribune and published by WHYY.

Big congrats and best wishes to Errin Haines

Big congratulations and best wishes are in order for Errin Haines who has taken on an 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.

You can make a difference

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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