Gender check: 3/8/12 – 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.

Editor’s note: As we noted last week, our second monitored site, the Chicago News Cooperative, suspended publication as of Feb. 26. As a results, we’ve selected a new Chicago news site to replace it in this checks going forward — the Chicagoist.

Website: Chicago Tribune

On the Chicago Tribune, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:50 a.m. (PT) Thursday, March 8, was titled “Blagojevich to speak before heading to prison.

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Crime and violence: Non-violent crime, bribery, theft, drugs, corruption (GMMP No. 37)

Word count: 388

Author:  AP (Wire service) – No specific author

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, spokesman
  2. Male, subject


Website: Chicagoist

On the Chicagoist, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:50 a.m. (PT) Thursday, March 8, was titled “Blagojevich Will Not Quietly Enter Prison.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Crime and violence: Non-violent crime, bribery, theft, drugs, corruption (GMMP No. 37)

Word count: 144

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, spokesman
  2. Female, attorney

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