Course of Life

Marchers carry a blocks-long Pride flag through Center City Philadelphia during the Philly Pride 365 Festival. ©2023 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Better gun violence reporting

I lead the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting, coordinating our community reporting and professional development programs and supporting our research collaborative. We partner with journalists, researchers, community leaders and other experts to support and advance empathetic, ethical and impactful journalism. Visit: &

Students in Philadelphia participate in the National School Walkout against gun violence. ©2018 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Logan Center

I am the assistant director of the Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication. The Logan Center and WHYY News partnered on last year’s Murrow Award-winning Stop-and-Frisk podcast. The Logan Center and PCGVR have been collaborating on an upcoming documentary examining harmful news reporting. Other projects are addressing educaion, housing and the role sports can play in violence prevetnion. Visit:

Drummers perform as crowds gather for the Pride Parade in Athens, Greece. ©2022 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Dusk falls on Chicago before the Halloween parade begins. ©2022 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Previous roles

@RJI, @CPIJournalism, @OpenDataPhilly; @ReentryUpdates, @BrokeinPhilly & @TempleDNCNews at @TUKleincollege, @GunCrisisNews; @WarNewsRadio, @SwarthmorePeace & @TheLangCenter at @Swarthmore, @NYU_Journalism, @MUJSchool, @DartCenter, @UMKnightWallace, @TuftsIGL, @AP, @PhillyDailyNews, @TLNews, @DedhamTranscrip, @TuftsObserver at @Tufts, @SMFAatTufts

Rush hour traffic was sparse on East Market Street iN Center City Philadelphia during the early days of that pandemic. ©2020 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Places I lived

Boston >Wilkes-Barre > Philadelphia > Baghdad > Philly > Ann Arbor > Philly > Mizzou > Philly > Mizzou > Philly

Demonstrators march toward the White House in Washington to demand support for the human rights of women in Iran. ©2023 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Fellowships & residencies

• Residential Fellow, Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of Missouri School of Journalism 
• Journalist in Residence, Swarthmore College 
• Practitioner in Residence, Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts University 
• Ochberg Fellow, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Columbia University 
• Fellow, Philadelphia Social Innovations Lab, University of Pennsylvania 
• Knight Fellow in Medicine/Health Sciences Journalism, Knight-Wallace Fellows, University of Michigan 

A firefighter looks over the ruins of the World Trade Center in New York at dawn on the morning after the attack. ©2001 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
U.S. Army soldiers take cover during an insurgent attack on their outpost during heavy fighting in Najaf, Iraq. ©2004 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Former photojournalist

• Philadelphia Daily News 
• The Associated Press, Baghdad 
• The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
• The Daily Transcript, Dedham, Mass.
• Freelance news photographer, Boston 

Protesters rally in outside while officials count votes in Philadelphia determining the outcome of the Presidential election. ©2020 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Photojournalism laurels

• The Pulitzer Prize 
• The Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents
• Sigma Delta Chi Award
• National Headliner Award

A Philadelphia Phillies fan spins on his head in celebration on South Broad Street minutes after his team won the World Series. ©2008 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Former editor & producer

• The Gun Crisis Reporting Project 
• War News Radio 
• Independent social media journalist  
• Philadelphia Daily News Video 

Abortion rights protesters march toward the federal courthouse in Philadelphia. ©2022 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Hometown honors mean the most

• Best of Philly
• Pen and Pencil Awards
• Philadelphia Geek Award
• Mothers in Charge Partner in Peace
• Philadelphia CeaseFire Community Award
• Philadelphia Firefighters Union Media Award
• Keystone Awards Distinguished Visual Journalist
• Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors Best of Show
• Among Philadelphia’s Magazine Most Influential Philadelphians

A wave crashes over two teens on a seawall during a hurricane near Boston. ©1987 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Past faculty appointments

• Assistant Professor, University of Missouri School of Journalism, 2009-2010
• Visiting Assistant Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies, Swarthmore College, 2011-2012
• Adjunct Faculty, Carter Journalism Institute, New York University, 2010-2011
• Adjunct Professor, Klein College of Media and Communication, Temple University, 2005-2015

A passer-by scoffs at anti-Brexit protesters outside Parliament in London. ©2017 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Courses I created

• Peace Journalism, Peace and Conflict Studies, Swarthmore College 
• Solutions Journalism, Department of Journalism, Temple University 
• Trauma Journalism, Department of Journalism, Temple University 

Celebrants carry a mikoshi through a religious festival on a hot day in Tokyo. ©2019 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Additional courses taught

• Convergence Multimedia Fundamentals, Reporting and Editing, University of Missouri School of Journalism
• Multimedia Reporting, Carter Journalism Institute, New York University 
• Photojournalism Portfolio, Department of Journalism, Temple University
• Urban Photojournalism, Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts University (workshops) 

Healthcare workers kneel in memory of George Floyd during a demonstration demanding racial justice outside Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. ©2020 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan

• Changed Frames: A Content Analysis of Public Health Reporting on Local Philadelphia TV News Reporting
• “Like I’m a nobody:” firearm-injured peoples’ perspectives on news media reporting about firearm violence
• Making the news: Victim characteristics associated with media reporting on firearm injury

Demonstrators march for gun violence prevention in Philadelphia. ©2016 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Former college administrator

• Assistant director for external affairs, Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University
• Manager for Media and Social Responsibility, Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, Swarthmore College

Investigators look over the scene one day after the domestic terrorist attack in Oklahoma City. ©1995 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Major exhibitions

• “New York, New York: The 20th Century,” Norton Museum of Art 
• “Manna: Masterworks from the Permanent Art Collection,” Aidekman Arts Center, Tufts University 
• “Overt/Covert,” Aidekman Arts Center, Tufts University 

A groundskeeper gathers mannequins he found strewn about Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia after a night of looting in nearby shops during the social justice uprising. ©2020 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Select lectures and panels

• Questioning our assumptions: basic reporting processes, mass tragedy and engagement, International Journalism Festival, Perugia, Italy, 2017 
• Streaming Video Journalism, IRE Conference, Philadelphia, 2015
• Gun Violence Intervention Programs, TedX Philadelphia, 2014
• Walking Through Ground Zero, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, N.Y., 2011 
• Journalism and Trauma: Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand; University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand; Whitireia Community Polytechnic, Wellington, New Zealand; 2009 
• Covering the War in Iraq, Knight-Wallace Conference, 2007
• The Battle for Najaf, Aidekman Arts Center, Tufts University, 2004

Hurricane Katrina evacuees watch news reports of flooding in New Orleans while thousands more are sheltered on the floor of the Astrodome in Houston. ©2005 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Worshippers pray inside the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul. ©2006 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Past projects, launches and collaborations

• Philadelphia Initiative for Journalism Innovation
• Philadelphia Conference of Photojournalists
• Center for Public Interest Journalism
• Klein News Innovation Camp
• The Reentry Project
• Temple DNC News
• Open Data Philly
• Broke in Philly

Snow falls in the Washington West section of Philadelphia. ©2018 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan

• Graduate studies in Journalism, Temple University
• B.S. in Education, Tufts University
• Drawing, Painting and Photography, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Young visitors take a selfie in front of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris. ©2013 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan

• Hostile environment reporting 
• Human subject research 
• Threat assessment 

Accidental self-portrait taken while embedded with U.S. Marines on a reconnaissance mission in Ramadi, Iraq. ©2004 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan

• I spent the first eight years of my professional life washing dishes in a senior center kitchen, on shovel duty at a kennel and selling punk rock buttons in a night club.

A demonstrator gestures in the moments following a brief but violent skirmish with police during an economic justice protest in Washington, DC. ©2000 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan
Social Media

Muck Rack

Drummers lead the Women’s March up the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. ©2017 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan


The last few riders circle around Rittenhouse Square during the Philly Naked Bike Ride. ©2017 – Photograph by Jim MacMillan