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).

Gender check: 3/29/12 – Midwest

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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 29, was titled “Best Buy sales, restructuring disappoint.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Economy: Economic indicators, stats, etc. (GMMP No. 10)

Word count: 604

Author: Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, analyst
  2. Male, analyst
  3. Male, chief executive


Website: Chicagoist

On the Chicagoist, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:50 a.m. (PT) Thursday, March 29, was titled “Illinois—Finally—Gets Its Man.”

Here is its breakdown:

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

Word count: 465

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, sports writer

Gender check: 3/22/12 – Midwest

 

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Website: Chicago Tribune

On the Chicago Tribune, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11:05 a.m. (PT) Thursday, March 22, was titled “NATO notebook: Quinn hawks state, ‘warmly received’.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Economy: Economic policies, strategies, modules, etc. (GMMP No. 9)

Word count: 491

Author: Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, governor
  2. Male, personnel manager for company
  3. Female, wife of Chicago mayor
  4. Male, NATO staffer
  5. Male, NATO employee


Website: Chicagoist

On the Chicagoist, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11:05 a.m. (PT) Thursday, March 22, was titled “L-Vis Live! At Victory Gardens.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Celebrity, Arts, Media and Sports: Arts, entertainment, leisure, cinema, books, dance, etc (GMMP No. 46)

Word count: 210

Author: Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

None.

Gender check: 3/15/12 – Midwest

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Website: Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune, 3/15/2012

On Chicago Tribune, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 7:40 a.m. (PT) Thursday, March 15, was titled “Blagojevich heads for prison: ‘I’m leaving with a heavy heart, a clear conscience’.”

Here is its breakdown:

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

Word count: 1,209

Author: Staff and wire services

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Unknown, crowd member
  2. Male, subject (former Ill. governor)
  3. Male, U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman
  4. Male, former city clerk who also served for corruption
  5. Male, defense attorney


Website: Chicagoist

On the Chicagoist, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 7:40 a.m. (PT) Thursday, March 15, was titled “’RODios:’ Blagojevich Heads To Prison.”

Here is its breakdown:

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

Word count: 248

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, subject (former Ill. governor)

Notes/analysis: The article also references a statement from the subject’s attorneys.

Gender check: 3/8/12 – Midwest

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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