Gender Check 7/6/11 – 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 a.m. EST on Wednesday, July 6 was titled “Better Lives For Mexicans Cut Allure of Going North.” Its subject was a decline in immigrants crossing the Mexican border.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Authors: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male – Mexican student
  2. Male – director of migration project organization
  3. Male – economist
  4. Male – director of consular affairs
  5. Male – student’s father
  6. Male – student’s brother
  7. Male – teacher
  8. Male – demographer
  9. Male – Mexican government worker
  10. Female – volunteer
  11. Male – student’s brother
  12. unknown- state department official
  13. Male – demographer

Website: ProPublica

On ProPublica, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, July 6 was titled “Casey Anthony Trial Shows the Limits of Forensic Science in Proving How a Child Died.” Its subject was the recent not guilty verdict in a child’s murder case and the evidence presented, or not presented, in the trial.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Authors:  Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female – medical examiner (as quoted from autopsy report)
  2. Male – forensic chemist (as quoted from trial testimony)
  3. Male – forensic pathologist (as quoted from trial testimony)
  4. Male – state attorney (as quoted by Reuters)

Notes/analysis: This story used mostly legal documents, filings and past reporting for its information.

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