Gender Check 6/1/11 – 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 8:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, June 1 was titled “Employment Data May Be Key To the President’s Job.” Its subject was an analysis of the latest unemployment numbers and their impact on the country’s economy in coming months.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male – congressman

2. Male – policy adviser

3. Male – president of Boston federal reserve

4. Female – economist

5. Male – policy adviser

6. Female – policy adviser

Notes/analysis: This is one of the few stories we’ve seen at the Gender Report that uses both male and female sources in stories dealing with the economy. However, the female sources are still referenced later than male sources with the same credibility for the story.

Website: ProPublica

On ProPublica, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, June 1 was titled “For One Whistle-Blower, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.” Its subject was an analysis of the financial crisis of 2008 and the bankers involved in providing inside information.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male – pharmaceutical analyst

Notes/analysis: This story interviewed one source as the feature of the story. The corporation the man worked for was also quoted as a corporate statement.

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