Gender check: 1/25/11 – 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 1 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, Jan. 25, was titled “$10 million settlement for family of man shoved into wall by King Co. deputy.” Its subject was crime and courts, related to a settlement reached in a high-profile case.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, attorney

2. Male, prosecutor (opinions are paraphrased, not directly quoted)

3. Female, sheriff

4. Female, victim’s wife

Notes/analysis: See below.


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 1 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, Jan. 25, was titled “King County settles Cinerama excessive force lawsuit.” Its subject was the same as that of the Seattle Times article.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Female, victim’s wife

2. Female, sheriff

3. Male, attorney

Notes/analysis: Both news sites had coverage of the same issue as their lead story today — the conclusion, with a settlement, of a case that involved a male deputy shoving a man into a wall and causing him severe brain injuries. The authors both included for the most part the same sources, but reversed the gender order in which they were referenced. The Seattle P-I article put more emphasis on the victim’s wife’s statement by including lengthier direct quotes and placing them at the beginning of the story.

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