Recap of Weekend Gun Violence Coverage

This past weekend in Chicago, CBS Local reported that at least 21 people were injured and 4 people were killed in shootings between 5pm on Friday and 5am on Monday. Media coverage of gun violence over the weekend focused heavily on three incidents from the weekend: a 10-year-old boy who was injured in a shooting on Friday evening, a 4-year-old boy who was injured in another shooting on Friday night, and a Chicago police officer who was injured in a shooting on Saturday morning. Fox Chicago published an article with the headline, “Police: 2 children shot in 2 separate shootings in Chicago.” The Chicago Tribune published a piece that read “officer shot on West Side, marking 3rd cop shot within week.” Out of the local outlets considered, WGN TV was the only outlet that did not cover the shootings that injured children. Every outlet published a story covering the shooting that injured the police officer.

As in past weeks, CBS Local, the Sun-Times, and Fox Chicago kept track of incidents of gun violence throughout the weekend and published updates throughout the weekend. Last week was the first time the Tribune and NBC Local published articles summarizing events of the weekend. The trend continued this weekend. The Tribune published an article on Saturday morning that detailed overnight shootings from Friday to Saturday. NBC Local published a story on Sunday evening that summarized incidents of gun violence so far that weekend. It should be noted that this article came from the Sun-Times Media Wire. Fox Chicago also consistently uses articles authored by the Sun-Times Media Wire when covering incidents of gun violence. The graph below shows that Fox Chicago had the most in-depth coverage of Chicago gun violence this weekend, publishing 15 articles over the course of the weekend. In contrast, ABC Local and NBC Local published only four each.

The graph below shows the distribution of articles published over the course of the weekend, categorized by media outlet. 

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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