Gender Check 2/9/11 – Northeast

*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: The New York Times

On The New York Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 9 was titled “NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Borse in Merger Talks.” Its subject was the developing talks which would lead to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange acquiring the NYSE.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Males (two bylines)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. male – analyst

Notes/analysis: Most of the article was numbers-based and information came from released company statements rather than human interviews.

Website: ProPublica

On ProPublica, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 9 was titled “Gov’t Considering Rolling Back Rule Against Private Planes To Keep Flights Secret.” Its subject was a possible change in the U.S. Department of Transportation policy to allow the public to track private flights in real time.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. male – president of National Business Aviation Society (from a published letter on the organization’s website)

2. female – FAA spokeswoman

Notes/analysis: This is a developing story, so most of the information is simply updating announcements or developments from the parties involved.