Gender check: 4/5/12 – 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 the Chicago Tribune, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:50 a.m. (PT) Thursday, April 5, was titled “Opening day for optimism and overcoming obstacles.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Celebrity, arts, media, sports: Sports, events, players, facilities, training, funding (GMMP No. 49)

Word count: 993

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, president
  2. Male, manager
  3. Male, player-development chief


Website: Chicagoist

On the Chicagoist, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:50 a.m. (PT) Thursday, April 5, was titled “Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Arson Suspect: ‘I Lit Up The Clinic’.

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Crime and Violence: Violent crime (GMMP No. 38)

Word count: 273

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, suspect

Notes/analysis:The post pulls from another article discussing the incident and cites an exchange in the court mainly featuring the male suspect that also involved a judge (male) and a public defender (male).

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