Gender Check 3/30/11- 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 9:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 30 was titled “C.I.A Agents in Lybia Aid Airstrikes and Meet Rebels.” Its subject was reports that American spies are on the ground in Lybia collecting information on the rebel forces.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Authors: Male (dual byline)

Human sourcesĀ  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male – American general

2. Male – White House press secretary

3. Male – U.S. congressman

4. Male – American general

Notes/analysis: A significant amount of information cited in the story came from anonymous government sources or official released statements with no direct human source.

Website: ProPublica

On ProPublica, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 30 was titled “Pennsylvania Limits Authority of Oil and Gas Inspectors.” Its subject was a new requirement regulating fines for oil drilling companies.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sourcesĀ  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male – head of state Department of Environmental Protection

2. Female – DEP spokeswoman


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