Analyzing Local Media Coverage of Gun Violence in Chicago Over Memorial Day Weekend

On Tuesday, June 1, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that three people were killed and 34 people were wounded in incidents of gun violence across Chicago over Memorial Day weekend. The article from the Sun-Times read “Chicago saw its least violent Memorial Day weekend in three years, with three people killed and 34 others wounded in shootings across the city.” The Sun-Times also published an article covering a press conference held by Police Superintendent Brown on Monday. At the press conference, Brown compared data on violence from Memorial Day weekend 2021 to that of past years. While this weekend was one of the least deadly in recent years, Brown expressed that there is still a lot of work to be done. ABC Local, Fox, NBC, and WGN TV also published articles covering the press conference. It should be noted that Fox’s coverage of the briefing was sourced from the Sun-Times media wire. 

As in past weekends, CBS Local published an updated tally of incidents of gun violence throughout the weekend. CBS also published an article on Sunday covering neighborhood block parties organized by a local organization called My Block, My Hood, My City. These block parties aimed to decrease violence over the holiday weekend. 

Unlike in past weekends, NBC Local published an article keeping track of gun violence over the weekend and updated it over the course of the weekend. The Chicago Tribune also published three separate articles on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday covering gun violence over the course of the weekend. WGN TV also published an article on Sunday morning which summarized gun violence overnight. Among the seven media outlets analyzed, there was a trend toward coverage that summarized the events of the holiday 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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