Gender check: 2/23/12 – Midwest

*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: Chicago Tribune

On Chicago Tribune, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11:50 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Feb. 23, was titled “Family of former Bear Dave Duerson sues over his suicide.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Social and legal: Legal system, judiciary (GMMP No. 35)

Word count: 827

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, lawyer for family
  2. Male, linebacker

Notes/analysis: The article primarily cites the lawsuit.


Website: Chicago News Cooperative

On Chicago News Cooperative, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as 11:50 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Feb. 23, was titled “Big Quinn Cuts Target Human Services.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Politics and government: Other domestic politics, government, etc. (GMMP No. 4)

Word count: 557

Author: Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, governor
  2. Male, father of man with developmental disabilities
  3. Male, treasurer
  4. Male, state senate president
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