Study: Breaking news coverage of shootings is dehumanizing

Traditional breaking news media coverage of gun violence can dehumanize victims, according to a new research study out of Temple University Hospital.

  • The first-of-its-kind report involved interviews with firearm-injured patients in one of the busiest trauma centers for shooting victims in Philadelphia. One said coverage made her feel “like I’m a nobody.”

What should news look like instead? The study suggests thematic reporting that identifies broken policies and institutions, Ben Seal reports for Billy Penn.

Credit: Michaela Winberg / Billy Penn

Making the Rocky statue into ‘a destination for the world’

How’d the Rocky statue end up at the bottom of the Art Museum steps? With a lot of debate.

  • After the museum declined to keep it at the top of the steps, Stallone’s lifesize bronze prop bounced around amid controversy over what it represented, and where it really belonged.

The move to return it to the Parkway was sparked by a Daily News op-ed that went viral (at least, in 1996 terms). Here’s how the story unfolded.

The Rocky statue has become a symbol that transcends the Stallone movies for which it was created Credit: Mark Henninger / Imagic Digital

RECAP: What else happened?

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Luminature at the Philly Zoo Credit: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 36: Shooting victims recorded last week, vs. 22 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 51: Shooting victims this year so far, vs. 81 at this time last year. [PCGVR]
  • 9: Year-to-date homicides, vs. 17 at this time last year and 2 five years ago [Philly Police]


What are Mayor Kenney’s “core priorities” for his last year in office? Today his administration releases its 2023 report, titled, “Equity and Opportunity for All: Moving Philadelphia Forward” (11 a.m.).


? The Citizen is hosting public “job interviews” with each mayoral candidate, and the next free Fitler Club event features Derek Green in the hot seat. (6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17)

? Tryna keep that Christmas tree till the last minute? The hungry munchers at Philly Goat Project will gobble it up a week from Saturday. A $20 donation is requested. (12 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21)