Gender Check 8/31/11 – 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 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, August 31 was titled “U.S. Moves to Block AT&T Merger With T-Mobile.” Its subject was the Justice Department’s decision to block the communications companies from joining forces.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Authors:  Male (2)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male – deputy attorney general
  2. Female – Sprint vice president for government affairs

Notes/Analysis: this story was posted under the New York Times’ branch site, Dealbook.

Website: ProPublica

On ProPublica, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, August 31 was titled “Nevada Wallops Bank of America With Sweeping Suit; Nationwide Foreclosure Settlement in Peril.” Its subject was a continuing legal battle for the bank over its mortgage and lending practices.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned)

  1. Female – Bank of America spokeswoman

Notes/analysis: This story used former reporting and direct quotes from the suit as the basis for its information.

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