You won’t find the team at the Gun Crisis Reporting Project celebrating before we can point to a sustained reduction in gun violence, but it was encouraging to read in today’s Daily News about a 39 percent year-to-date drop in homicides across the city, based on Philadelphia Police statistics.
At the same time, we find great encouragement in the abundance of media attention and journalism awards that have followed our staff throughout the first year of this project.
Yesterday, we learned that Gun Crisis partner Joseph Kaczmarek was recognized with first-place statewide APME honors for his photographic coverage of loved ones reacting at a fatal shooting scene in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia last August.
The photograph was later published by the Philadelphia Daily News, which lead to the recognition by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors.
Teammate Tara Murtha was recently named the state’s Distinguished Writer for weekly newspaper writing — for the third time. Her portfolio included coverage of GunCrisis.org, written before she joined our organization.
The Gun Crisis Reporting Project strives to meet the needs of our community by providing original reporting on uncovered or under-covered gun violence incidents across Philadelphia.
At the same time, we strive to deliver an equal balance of reporting on possible solutions to bring an end to the epidemic of homicide by gunfire, looking for evidence of successful intervention in our city and beyond.
To date, we have been staffed entirely by volunteers at Gun Crisis, but we need your help to build a sustainable organization. Please consider supporting GunCrisis.org with a tax-deductible contribution to help us help Philadelphia stop the shooting.