Gender check: 5/18/12 – 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 9:15 p.m. (PT) Friday, May 18, was titled “Peaceful start to NATO protests.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Crime and violence: Demonstrations (GMMP No. 42)

Word count: 1,121

Author: Staff

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, attendee of rally
  2. Female, from People’s Law Office
  3. Male, police officer (unnamed)
  4. Male, protester (unnamed)


Website: Chicagoist

On the Chicagoist, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:15 p.m. (PT) Friday, May 18, was titled “Woman Arrested For Shoving Alderman In Dispute Over Pigeons.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Crime and violence: Violent crime, assault (GMMP No. 38)

Word count: 187

Author: Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, charged

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