Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work

First Advisor

Fleming, T.


Sociology, Criminology and Penology.




The purpose of the present study was to examine the nature of newspaper articles which dealt with the subject of policing in Canada and also to identify how this particular medium portrays individuals and events surrounding the police during the work-to-rule protest of 1992. A total of 730 newspaper articles were examined. These articles appeared in either the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun or Now. In addition articles were also drawn from the Globe and Mail, on days which a large amount of coverage occurred in the previously mentioned papers. A content analysis procedure was then used to examine the newspaper articles. Fifteen variables were used to assess the articles portrayal of Canadian police. The papers were compared on various levels, such as source of articles, use of pictures, length of headlines and placement of articles and advertisements. These results and others were discussed in terms of the findings of previous research and in terms of the possible effects which a distorted portrayal of the police may have upon public acceptance and criticism expressed towards the existing method of policing.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1994 .P67. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-02, page: 0606. Adviser: Thomas Fleming. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1995.