The Whole Story

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There is an epidemic of gun violence in the United States and how the media covers these incidents is making it worse.

Story By Amy Kaplan, Gail Granville, Maridena Rojas, Stephanie Trendell, and Norine Woods. Video by Stephanie Trendell.

A Look Inside the Co-Creation Process

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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.

The Whole Story was co-created in Spring 2023’s Social Impact Studio in journalism, in partnership with the Massachusetts General Hospital Gun Violence Prevention Center. 


Project Team

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Leaf Cassidy

Student, Emerson College

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Sophia Pargas

ELab Student Fellow; Journalism & Marketing '24

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Hanna Qiu

Communications Studies '24

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Paige Thimmesch

Journalism '23

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Stephanie Trendell

Journalism '25

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Natalie Vasileff

Journalism '24

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Ana Videla Sola Montoya

Journalism '25

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Amy Kaplan

Research Coordinator, Massachusetts General Hospital Gun Violence Prevention Center

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Maridena Rojas

Learning Partner

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Norine Woods

Learning Partner

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Gino Canella

Assistant Professor, Journalism