Gender check: 7/5/11 – 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

Seattle Times, 7/5/2011

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:30 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, July 5, was titled “Black Diamond split over big growth plans.” Its subject was debate over a large development.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, developer
  2. Male, resident
  3. Female, mayor
  4. Female, opponent
  5. Male, resident (former mayor)
  6. Male, company’s chief entitlement officer
  7. Male, council member
  8. Male, city manager
  9. Male, council member
  10. Male, development and environmental services director

Notes/analysis: Four photos appear with the piece, taken by a female photographer. Two feature a single male (and story source) and one features a single female (and story source). The fourth is an image of a town landmark.


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:30 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, July 7, was titled “Tuesday’s commute could be gridlock with Lions Club convention.” Its subject was officials getting the word out about traffic in light of the largest convention in Seattle in “at least two decades.”

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, WSDOT spokeswoman
  2. Male, Seattle DOT spokesman
  3. Female, Metro spokeswoman
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