Gender check: 3/29/11 – 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, March 29, was titled “Seattle area sees fewer apartment vacancies, higher rents.” Its subject was the details of two recent report that showed that the number of apartment vacancies was declining while rent prices have been going up.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, with one of the research firms that did report

2. Male, president of other apartment research firm

3. Male, owner of real estate business

4. Female, spokeswoman for a developer (Not named)

5. Male, president of developer

Notes/analysis: It’s interesting to note that the only woman mentioned between the two articles in this week’s Gender Check is not identified by name.


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, March 29, was titled “FBI: Seattle speakeasy ring leader smuggled guns to Mexican rebels.” Its subject was a man who was a leader of a Seattle gambling ring that was not charged along with his confederates. He had as it turned out already been convicted for federal charges from selling cocaine to an undercover police officer and smuggling guns to rebels in southern Mexico.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, vice unit sergeant

2. Male, special agent

3. Male, defense attorney

4. Male, U.S. district court judge

Notes/analysis: All of the individuals mentioned in this article were male.

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