Meet Brooklyn Eagle, a recipient of this year’s Facebook Journalism Project Community Network Grant, and learn more about their funded project.

For more information about the FJP Community Network, visit: https://facebookjournalismproject.com/programs/community-network/

The Funded Project:

The Brooklyn Eagle will tackle the traditional way gun violence is covered in urban areas by hosting community engagement sessions with victims, stakeholders in law enforcement, policymakers and advocates. Through these sessions they aim to challenge the way gun crime is reported, both locally and nationally, and dig deeper into underlying issues. Public reports will detail the process and results.

In Their Own Words:

We have two interconnected issues to tackle:

  1. In the safest big city in America, with the toughest gun laws in the nation, why do we continue to see gun violence and mass shootings? Where do the guns come from? What drives the violence? What new policy solutions can New York City consider to succeed in eliminating gun violence? Our ideal outcomes would be to shift the public debate to identify ideas and solutions, as well as better define the problem. Best case scenario is to see the issue emerge as a central topic in 2020 and 2021 local elections.
  2. How can we better report on gun violence? New York media run gun violence stories as crime blotter, focusing on the incident and not the root causes or ongoing trends. We’d like to bring gun violence victims, advocates, academics, and policy makers into our process to identify better ways to report on the problem that both acknowledges the human toll of gun violence, but is also respectful, forward-looking, and solution-oriented.

We will continually engage with the affected community via a messaging service (Project Text, Groundsource, or another).

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