Gender check: 4/26/11 – 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 26, was titled “Boeing still struggling with 787.” Its subject was struggles in the progress of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner program. The first planes are scheduled to be delivered at the end of September.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, mechanic (not named)

2. Female, spokeswoman

3. Unknown, engineer (not named)

4. Unknown, employee (not named)

Notes/analysis: This story had an interesting mix of an official source and a number of employees who spoke anonymously as the company does not allow them to comment on their work. In two out of three cases, that meant that employee’s gender was not discernible.


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 26, was titled “Home prices continue to slide nationwide; more so in Seattle.” Its subject was a new housing report that shows prices at Seattle at their lowest since 2004.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, chairman of group’s committee

2. Male, economist

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