Gender check: 7/12/11 – 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 10:45 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, July 12, was titled “Lava-lamp idea for Soap Lake is refueled.” Its subject was plans for a small town to erect a 60-foot lava lamp..

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, architect (new idea)
  2. Female, marketing manager for lava lamp company
  3. Male, mayor
  4. Male, artist who runs museum (original idea)
  5. Male, local farmer
  6. Male, owns local liquor store
  7. Female, longtime resident
  8. Male, local Realtor

Website: Seattle P-I

Seattle P-I, 7/12/11

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:45 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, July 12, was titled “Local soldier who lost hand receives Medal of Honor” Its subject was a man who will be the second living person to receive the Medal of Honor for action from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, sgt.
  2. Male, sgt. (who is receiving the medal)

Notes/analysis: Though the images with the story are mostly of the man who will be receiving the medal and generated images of the scene, two also include his wife.

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