Analyzing Local Media Coverage of Chicago Gun Violence Over the Weekend

On Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that 5 people were killed and 21 were injured by gun violence over the weekend in Chicago. Just as they have in past weekends, the Sun-Times, CBS Local, and Fox Chicago kept track of incidents of gun violence that happened over the course of the weekend. These outlets published updated tallies to their site throughout the weekend. Most articles published by Fox covering gun violence in Chicago come from the Sun-Times media wire. These three outlets defined the weekend as beginning at 5 pm on Friday and ending at 5 am on Monday.

This weekend, the Chicago Tribune published an article on Saturday morning that reviewed incidents of gun violence from the previous night. The article had the headline “1 dead, 6 wounded in city shootings since Friday night, police say.” The Tribune published a similar article last weekend. WGN TV published a similar article on Sunday morning that covered incidents of gun violence from Saturday night. The article was titled “13-year-old boy among 4 killed in overnight shootings across Chicago.” Overall, Fox Chicago had the most in-depth coverage of gun violence in Chicago this weekend, as they published 11 articles. In contrast, NBC Local published only 1 article covering local gun violence this weekend. The article was published on Sunday morning and detailed a specific incident where a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed. This coverage is a change from last weekend when NBC Local published three articles, two of which summarized incidents of gun violence from the entire 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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