A year has passed since 14 students and three adults were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Since then, nearly 1,200 young lives have also been lost to gun violence, according to "Since Parkland," a collaboration between the Miami Herald, McClatchy and The Trace, an independent, nonprofit news organization dedicated to expanding coverage of guns in the U.S.
"Parkland had particular meaning to readers of the Miami Herald and to south Florida," said Casey Frank, Herald investigations editor and project editor for "Since Parkland." "(The Trace) had an interest in gun violence, and we had an intense interest in Parkland and its aftermath and those things kind of converged."
Work began last summer, and by August 2018, data reporter Caitlin Ostroff had joined the Herald and took the reins in fact-checking data already collected by both news organizations from the Gun Violence Archive. She also categorized the incidents by accidental, domestic, school shooting, drive-by, homicide, self-defense, murder-suicide and undetermined.
"I think the thing that surprised me the most (about the data) was the accidental deaths. We saw a decent amount--more than a hundred instances," Ostroff said.
Ostroff worked with the data for four months, and by the beginning of this year, the Herald held a meeting with the regional editors throughout McClatchy to present the data and ask for help in writing articles.
The project includes several articles written by Herald reporters dealing with national gun issues and gun-related topics (such as the penalty for parents of children who accidentally shoot themselves). Several other McClatchy newspapers contributed with gun activity in their own area as well, and The Trace also completed a story and developed the sinceparkland.org...