30 ways Philly media could fight gun violence
- Collaborate to write a first-class obituary for every gun violence victim.
- Ask reporters to spend their days working from diners in affected areas.
- Publish a daily scorecard on the frontpage detailing the previous day’s incidents.
- Do the same on the homepage.
- And Twitter!
- Establish a weekly cross-newsroom gun violence coverage coordination meeting.
- Create opportunity for journalists on all desks to write about gun violence topics.
- Design an event to convene policy experts and community stakeholders around focused brainstorming and discussion regarding gun violence prevention.
- Invite journalists from similar cities—Chicago, Detroit, LA—to share what’s worked best in their communities.
- Give a free digital subscription to any Philly school student who writes a post about how gun violence affects them.
- Organize a careers expo(s) for affected areas.
- Offer internships & fellowships designed for high school students and college students who have a personal interest in gun violence prevention.
- Establish community-focused beat on issues of anger and toxic masculinity.
- Create safe spaces for affected communities to share their frustration and anger with civic leaders.
- Hire a public editor who can credibly assess concerns such as disproportionate coverage of Center City crimes.
- Methodically followup on gun violence incidents to better understand the long-term trauma incurred by victims and witnesses.
- Encourage publisher to measure success by capacity to make an impact, as opposed to measuring by reach.
- Sponsor firearm training for any journalist who is interested.
- Shoehorn gun violence slant into existing grant-funded reporting initiatives, such as the the Reentry Coalition or Kensington News Project.
- “Manage upwards” by offering fact-driven perspectives to national outlets like the Washington Post and New York Times in hopes of driving national conversation.
- Partner with celebrities tied to the area on social-friendly PSA-style video content.
- Grant 5% time to newsroom employees for volunteering in the community (2 hours/week) through programs that expose them to non-traditional newspaper audiences with a specific focus on youth in affected areas.
- Partner with local artists to remix archival content for new works about gun violence prevention.
- Sponsor contests to solicit low-cost interventions for vacant lots.
- Subsidize and encourage staff to be trained as Acute Trauma Responders.
- Create a tool that makes it easy for Philadelphians to express views on gun policy to state legislators.
- Identify a sponsor to pay for postage to mail free gun locks to anyone who wants one.
- Institute brown bag series to educate newsroom by bringing in experts on all aspects of gun violence: prevention, trauma, etc.
- Engage PowerCorpsPHL or Fair Chance Hiring to find roles for recently incarcerated individuals.
- Create a Facebook group for moderated discussion around the topic that involves community members, journalists, and other stakeholders.
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