Gender check: 4/5/11 – 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 12:15 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, April 5, was titled “Southwest 737 fuselage ruptured in unlikely place.” Its subject was a look at fuselage issues like that found in the Southwest aircraft that had to take an emergency landing Friday after an in-flight rupture.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, expert on metal-aircraft structures and retired engineer

2. Male, airline spokesman

3. Male, National Transportation Safety Board member

4. Male, company president

5. Male, transportation secretary

Notes/analysis: No female sources in this week’s article.


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 12:15 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, April 5, was titled “State keeps list of where DUI suspects say they drank.” Its subject was a look at the “Worst Offenders List,” a list of places where DUI suspects claim to have had their latest drink.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Female, State Liquor Control Board spokeswoman

Notes/analysis: The article mostly cites information from the database. Also, the Seattle P-I has a different look this week. Apparent redesign?

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