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Gender Checks, West

Gender check: 2/28/12 – West

 

*Gender Checks are quick examinations of gender representation in individual news articles for the purpose of discovering trends over time. Click hereto read more.

Website: Los Angeles Times

On the LATimes.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:45 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Feb. 28, was titled “Ohio school shooting: Death toll rises to 2; police search woods.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Crime and violence: Violent crime, murder, abduction, assault, etc. (GMMP No. 38)

Word count: 392

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, U.S. secretary of education
  2. Male, reported friend of the suspect
  3. Unknown, attorney


Website: California Watch

California Watch 2/28/2012

On California Watch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:45 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Feb. 28, was titled “Basic police work ignored in autistic patient’s suspicious death.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Crime and violence: Other crime/violence – Investigation (GMMP No. 44)

Word count: 4,153

Author:  Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, detective
  2. Male, detective
  3. Female, department director
  4. Female, mother
  5. Male, older brother
  6. Male, caregiver on duty
  7. Female, supervisor
  8. Unknown, neurosurgeon
  9. Female, lead detective
  10. Male, doctor
  11. Female, doctor
  12. Male, detective
  13. Male, prosecutor
  14. Female, patient advocate
  15. Male, chief deputy coroner
  16. Male, biomechanical engineering professor

Notes/analysis: Both a male and a female reporter contributed to this story.

 

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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.

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