Note: Please complete this form only if you have already registered for: Gun violence in the news: Conversations between journalists and the community in Philadelphia

In one of the morning sessions, people who have been affected by gun violence will talk with each other about their experiences and share ideas on how to improve news stories about gun violence. 

The purpose of these facilitated group discussions is twofold.

First, we hope that talking about this topic with people who have similar experiences will help everyone go into the afternoon sessions with focused questions and comments for their meetings with journalists.

Second, as people who have lived with gun violence, your perspectives are invaluable to journalists and researchers trying to improve gun violence reporting, and we would like to communicate your opinions about this issue to these networks by producing a research paper based on the group discussions. 

Since these group discussions will result in academic research, your participation is completely voluntary.  If you decide to participate in the group discussions, you will also receive a $50 Amazon gift card on the day of the event, in addition to the $200 compensation all attendees will receive by check a few weeks later.

You will not be identified in the research paper, and your personal information will be kept confidential.  

If you choose not to participate in the research, you will be invited to participate in other discussions during this period.

If you have any questions about the group discussions, please feel free to contact professor Jennifer Midberry at 215-290-4432 or You will be given additional details about the research and have the opportunity to ask questions before the group discussions take place so that you can decide whether you would like to participate

You can make your final decision about participating in the group discussions on the day of the event, where you will receive additional details and have a chance to ask questions.

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