Gender check: 1/21/11 – South

*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: The Miami Herald

On the Miami Herald, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 3:30 p.m. EST on Jan. 21  was titled “Cop-killer’s tearful mom: I didn’t know son would open fire on police.” Its subject was an ongoing news story in Miami covering the death of two police officers while serving the shooter a warrant for a previous murder.

Here is its gender breakdown:

-Author: males (dual byline)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1.Female – mother of the shooter


Website: Patch (Seminole Heights)

On Patch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of3:45 p.m. EST, was titled “Tampa council turns down liquor store on Hillsborough Avenue.” Its subject was a recent decision to deny a permit to a liquor store located near a church and city park.

Here is its gender breakdown:

-Author: male

-Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male – resident near the proposed store

2. Male – lawyer representing company making request

3. Male – president of neighborhood association

4. Female – resident near the proposed store

Notes/analysis: The Tampa City Council consists of 3 female and 4 male council members.

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