Gender check: 4/26/12 – 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 9:45 a.m. (PT) Thursday, April 26, was titled “3 charged with boy’s abduction face extradition to Missouri.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Crime and violence (GMMP No. 38)

Word count: 489

Author: Staff

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, boy’s maternal grandfather

Notes/analysis: Much of the story just uses “authorities said” without ever specifying which authorities.


Website: Chicagoist

On the Chicagoist, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:45 a.m. (PT) Thursday, April 26, was titled “Judge Rules ‘Amazon Tax’ Unconstitutional.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject:  Social and legal (GMMP No. 35)

Word count: 410

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, judge
  2. Male, founder and CEO
  3. Unknown, spokesperson

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