Gender Check 6/15/11 – 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 15 was titled “War Powers Act Does Not Apply to Libya, Obama Argues.” Its subject was the dispute over the United States military action in Libya.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sourcesĀ  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male – State Department legal adviser

2. Male – Speaker of the House (from written documents)

3. Male – law professor

Website: ProPublica

On ProPublica, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, June 15 was titled “Merrill Lynch Investigated For CDO Deal Involving Magnetar.” Its subject was a question about the bank giving undue influence to a major hedge fund company.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sourcesĀ  (listed in order mentioned):

1. unknown – legal counsel

Notes/analysis: This story used mostly legal documents, filings and past reporting for its information. Other sources or organizations declined to comment.

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