Gender check: 8/30/11 – 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 11:45 a.m. (PDT) Tuesday, Aug. 30, was titled “Jury convicts man in 2009 slaying, deadlocks on another.” Its subject was jurors verdicts on two men allegedly involved in the slaying of a man in 2009.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

None

Notes/analysis: The article relies completely on court documents. It also cites prosecutors by saying “prosecutors said” though no specific person is named.


Website: Seattle P-I

Seattle P-I, 8/30/2011
Seattle P-I, 8/30/2011

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11:45 a.m. (PDT) Tuesday, Aug. 30, was titled “High court decision on public defense prompts alarm.” Its subject was a decision by the state Supreme Court that public defenders and others working at firms formed by King County to offer legal services to defendants are considered “county ’employees,’ as defined by the state retirement system.”

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, attorney for the county and former justice
  2. Male, attorney for the public defenders
  3. Male, justice (in majority opinion)
  4. Male, justice (in dissenting opinion)

Notes/analysis: The Washington State Supreme Court is comprised of nine members, four women and five men.

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