Gender Check – 7/1/11 – South

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Website: The Miami Herald

On the Miami Herald, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9 a.m. (EST) on Friday, July 1 was titled “President Hugo Chavez’s revelation: Fighting Cancer After Surgery In Cuba.” Its subject was an admission from the Venezuelan president that his continuing illness is becoming serious.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male – Venezuelan president (from public statement)
  2. Male – Venezuelan vice president (from public statement)
  3. Female – Venezuelan legislator

Website: Patch (Seminole Heights)

On Patch of Seminole Heights, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9 a.m. (EST) on Friday, July 1 was titled “Meet Tampa Fire Rescue’s William Oglesby.” Its subject was a Q&A with the local fire department’s driver/engineer.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male – feature subject

Gender Check: 2/18/11 South

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Website: The Miami Herald

On the Miami Herald, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 3 p.m. (EST) on Friday, Feb. 18 was titled “Accused Child Abusers’ Granddaughter Also A Victim.” Its subject was the developing legal case involving alleged abuse of a grandparents’ adopted children as well as their biological granddaughter.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Female – mother of the victim

2. Female – judge

3. Female – child welfare lawyer (as quoted from court documents)

4. unknown- group of unidentified prosecutors

Notes/analysis: No male sources were directly quoted in the article. Both the male and female grandparents are being charged with attempted murder. Both male and female victims were targeted.


Website: Patch (Seminole Heights)

On Patch of Seminole Heights, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 3:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday, Feb. 18 was titled “Early Voting for Tampa Election Begins Saturday.” Its subject was a basic summary of information for voters in the upcoming municipal election.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male – county supervisor of elections

Notes/analysis: For this election in Tampa, 1 of the 5 mayoral candidates is female, and 8 of the 28 city council candidates are female. Tampa currently has a female mayor and 3 of 7 city council members are female.

Gender check: 1/21/11 – South

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Website: The Miami Herald

On the Miami Herald, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 3:30 p.m. EST on Jan. 21  was titled “Cop-killer’s tearful mom: I didn’t know son would open fire on police.” Its subject was an ongoing news story in Miami covering the death of two police officers while serving the shooter a warrant for a previous murder.

Here is its gender breakdown:

-Author: males (dual byline)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1.Female – mother of the shooter


Website: Patch (Seminole Heights)

On Patch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of3:45 p.m. EST, was titled “Tampa council turns down liquor store on Hillsborough Avenue.” Its subject was a recent decision to deny a permit to a liquor store located near a church and city park.

Here is its gender breakdown:

-Author: male

-Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male – resident near the proposed store

2. Male – lawyer representing company making request

3. Male – president of neighborhood association

4. Female – resident near the proposed store

Notes/analysis: The Tampa City Council consists of 3 female and 4 male council members.