Gender check: 2/16/12 – Midwest

*Gender Checks are quick examinations of gender representation in individual news articles for the purpose of discovering trends over time. Click here to read more.

Website: Chicago Tribune

On the Chicago Tribune, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Feb. 16, was titled “Police resume search for missing North Barrington woman.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Crime and Violence: Other (Global Media Monitoring Project No. 44)

Word count: 227

Author: Male (2)

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, husband of missing woman

Notes/analysis: The article also references a statement from sheriff’s “officials.”


Website: Chicago News Cooperative

On Chicago News Cooperative, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Feb. 16, was titled “Proposal Would Limit Protests in Council Chambers.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Politics and Government: Domestic politics, government (Global Media Monitoring Project No. 4)

Word count: 659

Author: Male (2)

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, alderman
  2. Male, alderman
  3. Male, director of communications and public policy for the state ACLU
  4. Male, alderman

Notes/analysis: The article includes a photo showing both males and females in attendance at a council meeting and a male protestor getting escorted out. The photo was by a male photographer.

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