Gender check: 3/15/11 – 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 3 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, March 15, was titled “Prosecutors to seek death penalty in corrections officer’s slaying.” Its subject was prosecutors announcing they would be requesting the death penalty in the case of a male inmate who strangled to death a female correctional officer.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, prosecuting attorney

2. Male, superintendent of the corrections facility

3. Male, suspect and inmate (according to probable cause statement)

Notes/analysis: There is one photo with the story. It features four males. This case has been one that’s cropped up before during an earlier Gender Check post in February. That lengthier article on the concerns for correctional officers had more balance in its sources with five females out of 12 sources. The article was also had a shared byline by both a male and a female writer.


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 3 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, March 15, was titled “Charge: Seattle-area conman nets $2.3 mil in inheritance scheme.” Its subject was a man being charged with four counts of first-degree theft for conning $2.3 million from a business man as well as roughly $171,000 from a second man.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, detective

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