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More reporting honors for Murtha last week; more shooting victims last night


  1. We recently reported 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.

    We learned last week that she is a now finalist for a very important national award:
  2. According to the  the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University:

    "The Mirror Awards are the most important awards for honoring excellence in media industry reporting. The awards honor the reporters, editors and teams of writers who hold a mirror to their own industry for the public’s benefit."

    View the complete list of 2013 Mirror Award finalists:
  3. We barely knew Tara when she spotted and reached out just a few days after we launched in March 2012, and asked to spend some time on the street with us.

    She was planning to write a column for Philadelphia Weekly about our efforts to reduce gun violence by first illuminating the problem -- and then seeking and illuminating solutions.
  4. Seeking solutions to the epidemic of homicide by gunfire in Philadelphia
  5. After just a few quiet hours that night -- with gunfire reports but no victims -- we came upon the incident in this early Gun Crisis video report. When we dropped her off, Tara said she was going to pitch her story on us for the front page.

    Here is her report, published in April, 2012:
  6. A cascade of publicity followed and has not let up.

    Soon after the PW report was published, we invited Tara to join us at the Gun Crisis project, where we now cross-publish her gun issues reporting from Philadelphia Weekly.

    She plays a critical role in focusing our organizational development when we meet, but also organized an important Gun Crisis community roundtable at Philadelphia City Council last summer:
  7. Of course, awards are good for moral in a volunteer organization and reaffirm our belief in this mission -- and attention is currency in digital media -- but you won't find us celebrating before we can point to a sustained reduction in gun violence.

    To that end, Tara was on the street overnight and into this morning with Gun Crisis partner Joe Kaczmarek -- and tweeted what she saw:
  8. Learn more about the Gun Crisis Reporting Project at