Gender check: 4/12/11 – 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, April 12, was titled “Seattle won’t get shuttle — but will get full-size simulator.” Its subject was news that Seattle’s Museum of Flight would not be getting a space shuttle but would get a full-fuselage shuttle trainer.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, NASA administrator

2. Female, former astronaut who led effort

3. Female, U.S. senator

4. Male, U.S. representative

5. Female, Washington governor

6. Male, Museum of Flight president and CEO

Notes/analysis: This article had an even split of male and female sources.


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, April 12, was titled “Charges dropped against men accused in Ballard fight with off-duty Seattle officer.” Its subject was about prosecutors dropping charges against three males accused of fighting a male off-duty police officer. The men claim they saw a man “accosting” a woman and were moving to intervene while the officer said he was following and confronting a woman who had tried to steal his coat.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Detective (unknown)

2. Male, defense attorney

3. Female, U.S. attorney

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