Analyzing Media Coverage of Chicago Gun Violence Over the Weekend

On Monday, CBS Local reported that at least eight people were killed and 34 people were injured in shootings in Chicago over the weekend. Consistent with past weekends, Fox Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times, and CBS Local kept tallies of gun violence incidents and published the final tallies on Monday morning. As per usual, these outlets defined the weekend as beginning at 5pm on Friday and ending at 5am on Monday. Fox Chicago continues to source all articles covering gun violence in Chicago from the Chicago Sun-Times. This weekend, NBC Local also published an article on Monday that included the final tally of shootings from the weekend. This article came from the Sun-Times media wire. 

Unlike last weekend, the Chicago Tribune published three articles summarizing gun violence in Chicago over the weekend. The first article was published on Saturday morning with the headline “At least 8 wounded in city shootings since Friday night, police say.” The second article was published on Sunday afternoon with the headline “Man, 18, third person to be shot in the Loop or South Loop in about 24 hours this weekend.” The third article was published on Monday morning with the headline “At least 7 people killed in shootings on Easter Sunday in Chicago, police say.” These articles included details of each incident, but did not discuss any larger context or trend surrounding gun violence in Chicago. On Monday afternoon, the Tribune published a column with the headline “Why Aren’t Chicago’s Mass Shootings Included In The Outcry Over Recent Violence in Atlanta, Colorado, and California?” The story compares public response to gun violence in Chicago to the response to other horrific incidents of gun violence in cities around the country. 

Overall, ABC Local had the least detailed coverage of violence this weekend, publishing only one story on the topic. In comparison, Fox Chicago had the most in-depth coverage, publishing 12 stories over the course of the weekend.

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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