Gender Check 3/9/11 – 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 7:30 p.m. EST on March 9 was titled “A Glow In The Desert.” Its subject was a feature on a Texas homestead.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Authors: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male – man living on the homestead

Notes/analysis: The story is a balance of direct interviews and quotes from the subject’s blog.

Website: ProPublica

On ProPublica, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 7:30 p.m. EST on March 9 was titled “Former Bush EPA Official Says Fracking Exemption Went Too Far; Congress Should Revisit.” Its subject was a process used to filter water that the former official says is not actually safe without regulation.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male – former EPA official

2. Male – Congressman

3. Female – Congresswoman

4. Male – government agency committee member

5. Male – former administrator with EPA

Notes/analysis: This story was published as a Q&A, and as such the other sources mentioned are all references by the story’s subject himself, not the reporter.

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