We won’t celebrate before we see sustained gun violence reductions, but the constant stream of honors and attention following the Gun Crisis Reporting Project have been priceless in terms of maintaining momentum at an organization that is staffed entirely by volunteers.
Yesterday, we learned that Gun Crisis partner Tara Murtha was honored — for the third time — for Distinguished Writing for her work at Philadelphia Weekly by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association’s Keystone Press Awards.
One of the stories in Murtha’s winning portfolio was her report on GunCrisis.org, an amazing collaborative experience which led us to invite her to join our organization soon after. A cascade of media attention has followed Gun Crisis ever since.
Murtha also took top honors in column, profile and feature categories, as well as other awards, all of which will be presented in Harrisburg in May.
Murtha contributes to GunCrisis.org, participates in organizational planning, and organized and moderated our community and media roundtable on gun violence reporting at Philadelphia City Council last summer.
Throughout our first year, the volunteer staff at GunCrisis.org has contributed thousands of dollars in time and expenses to report on the epidemic of gun violence in Philadelphia, and to identify possible solutions.
The Gun Crisis Reporting Project has recently joined the nonprofit incubator at RHD.org and now qualifies to accept tax-deductible contributions. Please take a moment and look at the ways you can help. Thank you.