In order of arrival:

Jim MacMillan is an independent multimedia journalist and educator in Philadelphia. He was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at Michigan, an Ochberg Fellow with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, has led journalism courses at numerous colleges and universities and is presently the Assistant Director of the Center for Public Interest Journalism. Previously, he was the senior photographer at the Philadelphia Daily News and member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photo staff in Iraq.

Joseph Kaczmarek is an independent photojournalist based in his hometown of Philadelphia. Kaczmarek has been honored with a Keystone Press Award as the Distinguished Visual Journalist by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. His work has been featured in the pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, USA Today, as well as countless other magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide.

Tara Murtha is senior writer and a columnist at Philadelphia Weekly, where she focuses on long-form features on news, crime, policy and social justice issues with particular interest in violence, reproductive rights and Old Weird Philadelphia. In 2012 and 2011, Murtha was honored with the Keystone Press Award for first place Distinguished Writer by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, awarded to one weekly reporter in the state each year.

Tom Kelly IV is a multimedia specialist at a suburban Philadelphia daily newspaper, is based in Montgomery County and covers the entire region when news breaks. Kelly has received dozens of local, state, and national photo awards over the past 10 years.  He covered the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the Amish schoolhouse shooting in Pennsylvania in 2006. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines as far away as Newsweek Magazine in Japan.

Dominique “Peak” Johnson is a native of North Philadelphia, a graduate from The Community College of Philadelphia and is currently studying journalism at Temple University.  Johnson’s writing career began in 2002 when he and others developed a teen community newspaper known as The North Philly Metropolis, a publication of the nonprofit organization Project HOME. After serving as editor of the teen produced newspaper for six years, Johnson has since written for various publications, both print and online. Currently Johnson writes for The Huffington Post.

Aaron J. Moser was a senior producer for War News Radio at Swarthmore College, where he focused on psychology, Spanish, and Latin American studies. Moser covered stories on Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and served as the intern and liaison between WNR and the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility at Swarthmore. Moser and his WNR colleagues were honored with a Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Megan Gallagher is a senior philosophy major with a concentration in peace, justice and human rights at Haverford College. Gallagher covers stories on victims and events and worked with violence prevention organizations in Philadelphia and Camden, N.J. Gallagher is interested in the idea of mercy and forgiveness in relation to violence prevention and is currently working on her thesis regarding the appropriate role of the victim in the American criminal justice system.

Nidaa Husain is a South African photojournalist who came to Philadelphia to report for in the summer of 2013, spending time with some of the city’s leading gun violence reduction groups, meeting survivors and those bereaved, and working together to share their stories. Husain is a 2012 graduate of the Market Photo Workshop, a photography training school in Johannesburg, and visited on a fellowship from Temple University’s School of Media and Communication.

* Several supporters have been contributing  their efforts to from behind the scenes and we expect formal staff expansion to continue.