Recap of Weekend Gun Violence Coverage

This past weekend in Chicago, CBS Local reported that there were at least 36 people shot and 4 people killed in Chicago between Friday at 5 pm and Monday at 5 am. Just as in previous weeks, CBS Local, Fox Chicago, and the Chicago Sun-Times kept track of the weekend’s shootings and published updated articles over the course of the weekend. The coverage of local gun violence published by Fox Chicago continues to be sourced from the Sun-Times media wire.

However, unlike past weekends, WGN TV and ABC Local also published articles summarizing several incidents of gun violence that took place over the weekend. ABC Local published an article to their website on Saturday evening that summarized weekend gun violence up until that point. WGN TV published a story late Sunday evening with the headline, “Chicago gun violence leaves 4 dead, more than 30 shot, over 48-hour span.” The Chicago Tribune was the only outlet this weekend that did not publish a summary of violence of any variety. It’s important to note that while there were more stories summarizing the events of the weekend, there were fewer articles covering individual incidents.

The graph below shows that Fox Chicago and the Sun-Times published the most articles (8) over the course the weekend. In comparison, the Tribune published the fewest articles (3).

While there were more stories summarizing the events of the weekend, there were fewer articles covering individual incidents. There were no stories related to incidents of gun violence on Friday, and only six total on Saturday between the six considered local news outlets.

The most highly covered incident this weekend was a mass shooting that took place early Sunday morning at a party in Park Manor. At least 2 people were killed and 13 others were injured during the shooting. All news outlets published an individual story covering the tragic incident.

Tracy has nearly two decades of experience researching and working within criminal justice systems. When Tracy began pursuing a career dedicate to system reform, he found that no single organization existed to promote evidence-based discussions among law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Recognizing that citizens in Chicago deserved the right to demand transparency in their criminal justice system, Siska established the Chicago Justice Project. He received his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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