Two New Studies Led by Lewis Katz School of Medicine’s Dr. Jessica Beard More Closely Examine How Reports of Community Firearm Violence Are Framed on Local Television News in Philadelphia

By Temple Health | May 7, 2024

Stoneleigh Fellow Jessica Beard and her colleagues have published new research on how media coverage of gun violence in Philadelphia impacts the public’s perception of this issue.

Two new studies published in Preventive Medicine Reports and BMC Public Health led by corresponding author Jessica H. Beard, MD, MPH, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care and Director of Trauma Research at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, more closely examine how reports of community firearm violence are framed on local television news in Philadelphia and the downstream effects of that coverage on the general public’s perception of the issue.

Both studies build on previous research led by Dr. Beard, also the Director of Research at the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting (PCGVR) and a Stoneleigh Foundation Fellow, and are partially funded by a grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on which Dr. Beard is the principal investigator.

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