Gender Check 8/10/11 – 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 10 a.m.. EST on Wednesday, August 10 was titled “U.S. Stocks Resume Their Slide After a One-Day Rally.” Its subject was the continuing uncertainty in the economy after the debt ceiling deal and credit rating decision.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Authors: Female and Male (shared by-line)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female – fund manager
  2. Male – french finance minister
  3. Male – Japanese bank governor (from public statements)
  4. Male – German economist

Website: ProPublica

On ProPublica, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10 a.m. EST on Wednesday, August 10 was titled “Why Looming Budget Battles Might Still Shut Down the Government.” Its subject was

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male – Congressional scholar
  2. Female – Congressional scholar

Notes/analysis: This story used two sources to get varied opinions about the future of specific government agencies. At least some of the information came from e-mail correspondence.

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Gender Check 7/13/11 – Northeast

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Website: The New York Times

On The New York Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, July 13 was titled “In Retreat, Murdoch Drops TV Takeover.” Its subject was the continued developments in the British news outlets’ missteps.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Authors: Male (shared byline)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male – company deputy chairman (as quoted from press release)
  2. Male – prime minister (as quoted from statement)
  3. Male – political party leader
  4. Male – member of Parliament
  5. Male – committee member (as quoted from public statement)
  6. Male – committee member (as quoted from public statement)
  7. Male – former prime minister

Notes/Analysis: Much of this story and its quotes were taken from publicly released statements or debates in open committees.

Website: ProPublica

On ProPublica, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, July 13 was titled “FDIC Chairwoman: Mortgage Industry ‘Didn’t Think Borrowers Were Worth Helping’ “. Its subject was an interview given by Sheila Bair to the New York Times.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author:  Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female – former chairwoman
  2. Male – New York Times reporter (from his own writing)

Notes/analysis: This story used mostly a previous New York Times article that provided the interview. Other information came from previous ProPublica reporting on similar topics.

Gender Check 7/6/11 – Northeast

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Website: The New York Times

On The New York Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, July 6 was titled “Better Lives For Mexicans Cut Allure of Going North.” Its subject was a decline in immigrants crossing the Mexican border.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Authors: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male – Mexican student
  2. Male – director of migration project organization
  3. Male – economist
  4. Male – director of consular affairs
  5. Male – student’s father
  6. Male – student’s brother
  7. Male – teacher
  8. Male – demographer
  9. Male – Mexican government worker
  10. Female – volunteer
  11. Male – student’s brother
  12. unknown- state department official
  13. Male – demographer

Website: ProPublica

On ProPublica, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, July 6 was titled “Casey Anthony Trial Shows the Limits of Forensic Science in Proving How a Child Died.” Its subject was the recent not guilty verdict in a child’s murder case and the evidence presented, or not presented, in the trial.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Authors:  Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female – medical examiner (as quoted from autopsy report)
  2. Male – forensic chemist (as quoted from trial testimony)
  3. Male – forensic pathologist (as quoted from trial testimony)
  4. Male – state attorney (as quoted by Reuters)

Notes/analysis: This story used mostly legal documents, filings and past reporting for its information.

Gender Check 4/27/11 – Northeast

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Website: The New York Times

On The New York Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, April 27 was titled “Fatah and Hamas Announce Outline of Deal.” Its subject was the creation of an interim unity government in Palestine.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male – Hamas spokesman

2. Male – Israel prime minister (from news conference)

3. Male – NSA spokesman

4. Male – Hamas representative (from news conference)

5. Male – professor

6. Male – Hamas leader

Notes/analysis: The photo accompanying the story pictured a crowd in Palestine with a male subject and only one recognizably female demonstrator.

Website: ProPublica

On ProPublica, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, April 27 was titled “Chief Offshore Drilling Regulator Criticizes Lack of Oversight for Contractors.” Its subject was the current policies and their influence on the BP cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male – director of regulatory agency

2. Male – professor

3. Male – senate staff director

4. Female – spokeswoman

Gender Check 4/13/11 – Northeast

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Website: The New York Times

On The New York Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, April 13 was titled “Egyptian Prosecuters Order 15-Day Detention of Hosni Mubarak.” Its subject was the continuing struggle in Egypt for a accountability from its past leadership.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Authors: Male (dual byline)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male – online news editor

Notes/analysis: This story was compiled mostly from press releases, AP reports, and government authorities who went unnamed.

Website: ProPublica

On ProPublica, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, April 13 was titled “Critical Shortage of Army Neurologists for U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Its subject was policy changes in treatment requirements for soldiers suffering from brain injuries. It was co-published with NPR.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Authors: Male (dual byline)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Unknown – unnamed Army doctor

2. Male – Army general

3. Female – spokeswoman for Army Surgeon General

Notes/Analysis: This story was sparked by the release of a memo, from which much of the article’s information came.