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IBGVR monthly: Get to know the Center for Gun Violence Reporting

Welcome to the Center

The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting is now up and running at the Institute for Community Engagement and Civic Leadership at Community College of Philadelphia, though we will be operating primarily online for the duration of this school year. Please visit the new home page for more information and to find out about opportunities to participate: PCGVR.org

Check out this best practices guide

Last month we published our best practices guide for journalists reporting on community gun violence. These recommendations have been informed primarily by collective wisdom of those who participated in the Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit last fall in Philadelphia, but we are already working on an update with more enhancements. Please visit: IBGVR.org

Apply next month

Recruiting for the Credible Messenger Reporting Project will begin next month. We are grateful to the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and the many individuals who have lent their time to advise the project plan. We are also grateful to WURD Radio and Germantown Info Hub for inviting Jim MacMillan on air to introduce the new Center. More info will soon be available on the Center's home page and also distributed through this mailing mailing list.

New partnerships

We are partnering with local news site Billy Penn to produce and distribute a weekly Philadelphia Gun Violence Tracker which appears in their email newsletter each Tuesday morning. You can subscribe for free but you can also view more comprehensive weekly updates on our web site.

We are also grateful to our friends at Resolve Philly for providing support to help us get organized.

Center director Jim MacMillan has been invited to participate on the advisory panel supporting the Report for America team addressing gun violence and solutions in Missouri for the Kansas City Star. The first meeting took place online earlier this month.

What's next? We have been collaborating with our old friends at Action Tank on a new research project, engaging with partners to launch another research project and exploring partnership possibilities with an important national news organization. Stay in touch for more information.

Making this work possible

The Center for Gun Violence Reporting was created with support from the Philadelphia COVID-19 Community Information Fund, thanks to the Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund and the Independence Public Media Foundation, which also supports the Credible Messenger Reporting Project. Founder and director Jim MacMillan is a fellow with the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri.

Here's what you can do

The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting has been created 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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