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IBGVR monthly: Resources for reporting

Community-informed: Last fall we brought journalists together with people from communities impacted by gun violence at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Gun violence is complicated; IBGVR wants to help

You can find more reporting resources on our home page menu just about every month. Visit:

New data catalog

The latest addition to our web site is a DATA catalog with nearly 50 resources provided by the Expert Panel on Firearms Data Infrastructure at NORC. IBGVR founder Jim MacMillan was invited to present when the panel convened earlier this year.

More reporting resources

You can often find new links on our RESOURCES page.

Sections are broken down into: gun violence and prevention news, notable journalism projects, solutions journalism, reporting resources, mass shooting coverage, journalism organizations, research institutions, intervention programs, advocacy groups, books, twitter lists, self-care and Philadelphia and Pennsylvania data resources advocacy groups.

Please take care

Don't miss the CARE section. Reporting on traumatic events such as gun violence can present special challenges and responsibilities related to the well-being of journalists, the people we engage with and the audiences and communities we serve.

Meet the experts

There's now an alphabetized list of the EXPERTS who presented at our inaugural Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit last, available under the SUMMIT tab. Most of their bios include Twitter handles, in case you want to contact them.


Our ABOUT page now has links to the the Summit, our Community Conversations event, previous presentations, projects in progress and more.

In the news

You can also now find media coverage related to our events and programs under the PRESS tab on our home page menu.

From the 215

Under the PHL tab you can now find a page full of local resources for people affected by gun violence, as well as the Philadelphia Shooting Victims dashboard, which also made an appearance last month at The Trace.

In case you missed it

We made a major announcement last month:

Thank you to AdZou and Eminence!

Eminence, a team of senior strategic communications students from AdZou at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, has created a planbook for IBGVR. Sections include a situation analysis, SWOT analysis, research, audience strategy, a creative brief, tactics and more.

The team also surveyed 541 people from across the country, including journalists, healthcare professionals, researchers and others. 
Key insights from respondents were that journalists need to be accurate, show compassion and "follow the story all the way through."

IBGVR will take away guidance from the playbook as we transform into the new Center for Gun Violence Reporting.

Thank you to, from top left to bottom right: Eminence account executive Taylor Guidry, account planner Kelly Draper, digital specialist Kendall Grove, public relations specialist Marianna Moore, copywriter Celeste Williams, graphic designer Emily Andres and media planner Gracie Sands. 

Here's what you can do

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 programming and research possible.

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