#GunCrisis: Philadelphia

The Gun Crisis Reporting Project was a hyperlocal nonprofit news organization focused on solutions to the epidemic of homicide by gunfire in Philadelphia. We reported every shooting incident in the city from March, 2012 through November, 2014.

The purple line on the chart above illustrates Philadelphia’s homicide rate per 100,000 residents, which fell from 21 in 2012 to 15 in 2013, and is shown in comparison with other large American cities. See: americanviolence.org

We can correlate our work with a 25 percent reduction in Philadelphia homicides by the end of our second year. A lot of other interventions were taking place but we like to think we were important catalysts.

The Philadelphia City Council invited us to City Hall twice to discuss effective responses to gun violence and then funded some of the organizations, individuals and programs we discussed.

Media Coverage:

CNN checks in with #GunCrisis: Philadelphia

Our America with Lisa Ling: Chronicling the Gun Crisis in Philadelphia

Fast Company co.exist:
#GunCrisis: Citizen Journalism For A Violent Epidemic

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:
The struggle to stem gun violence in Philadelphia

The day to day killings

#GunCrisis: A mission to stop gun violence in Philadelphia

The Guardian:
What I discovered when I got a gun

Studio SPJ
with Jim MacMillan

The American Scholar:

Swarthmore College Bulletin:
The Cost of Murder

The Clerk, at Haverford College:
A new look on gun violence

The Daily Gazette:
Peace Studies and Action Course Partners with GunCrisis.org

The Daily Pennsylvanian:
Efforts to stop Philadelphia gun violence abound

Bearing Witness and Becoming a Source

The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Seeing cure for violence

Philadelphia Weekly:
How Two Photojournalists Are Taking on the City’s Gun Crisis

Philadelphia Daily News:
GunCrisis.org discusses ideas to tackle violence with City Council

Philadelphia Metro:
When reporters get it wrong: Gun Crisis News gives citizens a say

Nieman Journalism Lab:
Some of Spark Camp’s big ideas to watch in 2013

The Philly Post:
Philadelphia Journalism That Mattered in 2012

A Solutions Journalism Response to Gun Violence

Philadelphia Metro:
Jim MacMillan: Swarthmore-based journalist addresses nation’s gun crisis

The Philadelphia Tribune:
Forum aims to stem gun violence

WHYY Radio Times:
Responding to gun violence in Philadelphia and Wilmington

CBS Philly:
Photojournalists Share Ideas To Help Fight Gun Violence

Council looks at Philly gun violence from unique perspective

New Website GunCrisis.org Seeks to Fill in Gaps of Reporting on Homicide by Gunfire in Philly

Professional Honors:

National Press Photographers Association:
New honors mark first anniversary for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project

Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors:
More reporting honors follow the #GunCrisis team

Pennsylvania Newspaper Association:
Tara Murtha three-peats as state’s Distinguished Writer

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse U:
More reporting honors for Murtha

Community Honors:

Philadelphia CeaseFire:
Deepest Appreciation

Mothers in Charge:
Partners in Peace

Philly Geek Awards:
#GunCrisis social media campaign honored