Gender Check 7/13/11 – 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 10:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, July 13 was titled “In Retreat, Murdoch Drops TV Takeover.” Its subject was the continued developments in the British news outlets’ missteps.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Authors: Male (shared byline)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male – company deputy chairman (as quoted from press release)
  2. Male – prime minister (as quoted from statement)
  3. Male – political party leader
  4. Male – member of Parliament
  5. Male – committee member (as quoted from public statement)
  6. Male – committee member (as quoted from public statement)
  7. Male – former prime minister

Notes/Analysis: Much of this story and its quotes were taken from publicly released statements or debates in open committees.

Website: ProPublica

On ProPublica, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, July 13 was titled “FDIC Chairwoman: Mortgage Industry ‘Didn’t Think Borrowers Were Worth Helping’ “. Its subject was an interview given by Sheila Bair to the New York Times.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author:  Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female – former chairwoman
  2. Male – New York Times reporter (from his own writing)

Notes/analysis: This story used mostly a previous New York Times article that provided the interview. Other information came from previous ProPublica reporting on similar topics.

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