People Powered News

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People Powered News is a website designed for newsrooms and communities who are committed to changing the narrative around how gun violence is reported. Our goal is to help people feel more represented in the news conversation and to inform our reporting as journalists while earning the public’s trust in news. 

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A Look Inside the Co-Creation Process

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We really wanted to focus on how we can change the narrative of gun violence in media, both by creating stories that combat a lot of the negative stereotypes about the neighborhoods affected by gun violence, but also by practicing what we preach.”

Amy Kaplan, community learning partner

Social Impact Studios, facilitated by the Engagement Lab, give Emerson students and faculty the opportunity to work directly with local grassroots changemakers to co-create media projects that will make an impact in Boston and beyond.

People Powered News was co-created in Spring 2023’s Social Impact Studio in journalism, in partnership with the Massachusetts General Hospital Gun Violence Prevention Center and community organizers in Dorchester. 


Project Team