After a brutal stretch of gun violence news last week, and another violent weekend, we are enjoying a comparatively quiet period this morning, which is the best news we ever have the opportunity to deliver.
Last Monday, we had to split the staff we had intended to cover Vice President Biden’s gun safety roundtable in Philadelphia in order to cover the courthouse shooting in Wilmington, Delaware, while watching local reports of another child bringing a gun to school and national coverage of the Christopher Dorner manhunt.
This morning, with no reports of new overnight shooting victims in Philadelphia, your editor just spent a little while updating media coverage of the Gun Crisis Reporting Project at http://guncrisis.org/press/
In recent weeks, the Daily Gazette reported on our new collaboration with a Peace and Conflict Studies course at Swarthmore, the Daily Pennsylvanian took notice of our project in a report on local gun violence reduction efforts and the Groundswell blog covered us again, this time in a report on tracking projects led by independent journalism organizations.
Recently, we collaborated with a British ITN news team for several nights and have been in touch with more international news agencies interested in examining gun violence in cities like Philadelphia.
And finally, Gun Crisis Reporting Project partners Joseph Kaczmarek and Tom Kelly were recognized with more honors than any other Philadelphia news organization in the National Press Photographer’s recent Northern Short Course competition.
You won’t catch us celebrating before we can point to long-term reductions in gun violence, but we believe that this attention supports our goals of more clearly illuminating and defining the challenge of gun violence reduction, by enhancing the discussion of solutions, and by accelerating the demand to disrupt the epidemic of homicide by gunfire.
How do you think we can come together to stop the shooting? When you discuss gun violence solutions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Flickr or Instagram, be sure to include the #phillypeaceplan hashtag and we will add your comments to our compilation of responses. More info: http://guncrisis.org/phillypeaceplan/