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Second Trauma screening resources

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The Second Trauma is a short documentary produced in collaboration between the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting and the Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication.

Above: Coproducer and host Oronde McClain interviews Angela Wade during the filming of The Second Trauma.

There’s a shooting, TV crews rush to the screen, take a shot of a police car, of shell casings, a draped body and neighbors crying. If they are lucky and if there is time, a close relative will speak on camera. It’s all a big rush. You need video for your package, you need to go live and you need to fill your very short time slot.  

Reporters who write have a slightly different agenda because they have the gift of a little more time. You arrive on the scene and you hunt for details and color, you comb the block for interviews and push hard to get a relative, but you too are on deadline so “hurry up” is embedded in your brain. 

Journalists show up at possibly the worst day of a person’s life with our own narrow agenda, oftentimes never to return. We leave behind grief and fear. Our reporting offers no hope and rarely any solutions. 

Even the most empathetic reporter’s final piece is often a sensationalized view of the event because an editor wanted more flash to attract readers and viewers. The reporter barely has time to reflect because they are off to the next story. 

How can we do better?

This 28-minute documentary led by gun violence survivor Oronde McClain takes us to people who we need to listen to, Philadelphians who have been impacted by the record setting violence that plagues our city. Through tears and lived experience they give a road map on how the media, journalism students and those who consume news, can do better.


Yvonne Latty

Yvonne Latty is a professor at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication and the Director of the Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting. The center’s focus is community based investigative reporting driven by empathy and with a focus on solutions journalism.  The center’s multimedia investigative work has won multiple awards that include an Edward R. Murrow Award and several Keystone Media Awards.  She started her career in newspapers, but has since written books, produced award-winning documentaries and podcasts. Previously she served as a journalism professor and multimedia graduate director at New York University’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute.  

Oronde McClain

Oronde McClain is the Credible Messenger Newsroom Liaison at the Philadelphia Center Gun for Gun Violence Reporting and an Emerging Leader Fellow with the Stoneleigh Foundation. He first joined the Center as a participant in the Credible Messenger Reporting Project, through which he produced his first documentary: “They Don’t Care About Us, or Do They?” He is also the founder of the McClain Foundation, which provides accommodation for children who are receiving medical care due to gun Violence and suffering from mental illness and PTSD. Oronde McClain was shot in the head at age 10 in Philadelphia and it took him 12 years to recover from his injuries.

Jim MacMillan

Jim MacMillan is the founder and director of the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting and the assistant director of the Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting at Temple University. He has been a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and the Knight-Wallace Fellows, as well as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Swarthmore College. Previously, MacMillan spent 17 years at the Philadelphia Daily News and photographed the war in Iraq for The Associated Press, after which he and his team were awarded The Pulitzer Prize.


The documentary was produced, directed and edited by Logan Center Director Yvonne Latty, Director of Photography was Natalie Reitz and our Production Assistant was Allison Beck.

Additional Team Members

• Oronde McClain: Producer
• Kristiana Modzelewski: Camera, Undergraduate student, Media Studies and Production
• Kole Long: Camera, Undergraduate student, Media Studies and Production
• Denise James: Camera, Journalism Assistant Professor
• Emir Mattock: Music, Undergraduate student, Media Studies and Production