Gender Check: 1/28/11 – South

*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 Miami Herald

On The Miami Herald, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 2 p.m. EST on Jan. 28, was titled “State issues temporary ban on fake cocaine.” Its subject was a recent state ban on bath salts and other products that produce a similar result to cocaine and LSD when snorted.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Female – Florida attorney general

2. Male – county sherif

3. Male – president of Florida senate

4. Male – Florida law enforcement commissioner

Notes/analysis:


Website: Patch (Seminole Heights)

On Patch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 2 p.m. EST on Jan. 28 was titled “’We could be in the same place’; locals pitch in for countywide homeless count.” Its subject was a recent survey of the homeless population in Hillsborough County.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Female – volunteer with local non-profit agency

2. Male – project manager with local non-profit agency

3. Male – volunteer

4. Male – CEO of the Homeless Coalition

Notes/analysis: Although not directly related to the breakdown of the story, one of the sources had an interesting statement about the issue of homelessness. He said  there is no discrimination when it comes to those who have nowhere to go. “Homelessness affects everyone – men, women, white, Hispanic, whatever.”