Gender Check: 2/16/11 Northeast

*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 New York Times

On The New York Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 3 p.m. EST on Feb. 16 was titled “As the Mainland Shivers, Hawaii Basks in Tourism’s Glow.” Its subject was the increased travel to Hawaii from the continental United States in recent months and potential reasons for the increase.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sourcesĀ  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male – tourist visiting Hawaii

2. Male – tourist visiting Hawaii

3. female – president of marketing for a California-based tour operator

4. male – president of Hawaiian hotel chain

5. male – professor

6. male – vice president of brand management for Hawaii Tourism Authority

7. male – vice president for sales at a national hotel chain

8. male -meteorologist

9. male – president of a hotel consulting firm

10. male -tourist

11. female – tourist

Notes/analysis: The gender imbalance in this story is particularly striking because of the relatively high number of sources for a story of this length. A small accompanying photo appears to picture two women, although the shot does not show their faces.

Website: ProPublica

On ProPublica, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 3 p.m. EST on Feb. 16 was titled “The Reform for Disabled Borrowers that the Education Dept Refuses to Adopt.” Its subject was a follow-up to an investigation into the policies surrounding student loan repayments for the disabled.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sourcesĀ  (listed in order mentioned):

1. male – spokesman for department of education

2. male – educational consultant

3. female – lawyer

Notes/analysis: Because this story makes several references to previous quotes or stories, I only included the breakdown of newly included sources.

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