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Gender Checks, West

Gender check: 2/15/11 – West

*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: Seattle Times

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 12:30 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, Feb. 15, was titled “Data center may be too big for state needs.” Its subject was the cost of a complex being built to consolidate roughly three dozen state data centers.

Here is its gender breakdown:

-Author: Female

-Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Female, spokeswoman, Department of Information Services

2. Male, representative to state legislature (Republican)

3. Male, representative (Democrat)

4. Female, development manager

5. Male, OFM deputy director

Notes/analysis: Both women mentioned are with the department that will operate the center.


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 12:30 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, Feb. 15, was titled “Teen kicked by Seattle cop wants $450,000 from city.” Its subject subject was a case of alleged police abuse during a drug bust as well as a roundup of recent cases of police abuse caught on video.

Here is its gender breakdown:

-Author: Male

-Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, attorney

2. Male, deputy chief

3. Male, officers guild president

4. Male, prosecutor

5. Male, city attorney

Notes/analysis: Most sources were paraphrased. Most of the individuals mentioned in the story are male, with the exception of two teenage girls (one of which was punched in the face by an officer) and U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, who with others will meet to respond to requests to investigate the department.

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About Jasmine Linabary

Jasmine Linabary is a PhD student with an interest in media, technology, and feminist theory. Her background is in newspaper journalism.

Discussion

One thought on “Gender check: 2/15/11 – West

  1. I wonder if the imbalance has more to do with gender inequality in that D.A.’s Office. My local district attorney has mostly appointed white men this year to leadership positions in his office. Troubling.

    Posted by Jess Davis | February 17, 2011, 2:10 am

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