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Gender Checks, Midwest

Gender check: 3/15/12 – 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

Chicago Tribune, 3/15/2012

On Chicago Tribune, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 7:40 a.m. (PT) Thursday, March 15, was titled “Blagojevich heads for prison: ‘I’m leaving with a heavy heart, a clear conscience’.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Crime and violence: Non-violent crime, bribery, theft, drugs, corruption (GMMP No. 37)

Word count: 1,209

Author: Staff and wire services

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Unknown, crowd member
  2. Male, subject (former Ill. governor)
  3. Male, U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman
  4. Male, former city clerk who also served for corruption
  5. Male, defense attorney


Website: Chicagoist

On the Chicagoist, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 7:40 a.m. (PT) Thursday, March 15, was titled “’RODios:’ Blagojevich Heads To Prison.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Crime and violence: Non-violent crime, bribery, theft, drugs, corruption (GMMP No. 37)

Word count: 248

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, subject (former Ill. governor)

Notes/analysis: The article also references a statement from the subject’s attorneys.

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About Jasmine Linabary

Jasmine Linabary is a PhD student with an interest in media, technology, and feminist theory. Her background is in newspaper journalism.

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