Gender Check 7/20/11 – 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 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, July 20 was titled “British Leader Defends His Actions in Hacking Case.” Its subject was the testimony of Prime Minister David Cameron in the continued investigation into the phone hacking scandal

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male – prime minister
  2. Male – former editor
  3. Male – member of Parliament

Notes/Analysis: Much of this story and its quotes were taken from the testimonies of those involved, not direct interviews.

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 “Justice Department Retracts Court Filings That Undercut FBI’S Anthrax Case.” Its subject was an investigation with the case involving a former Army microbiologist’s involvement in the Anthrax scare of 2001. The story was co-published with Frontline and McClatchy.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Authors:  Male (shared byline)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male – spokesman
  2. Male – Army technician
  3. Female – Army scientist

Notes/analysis: This story used mostly information from the legal filing for its sources and information.

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