Gender check: 9/27/11 – 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

"Were blast, earlier leaks related?" - Seattle Times, 9/27/2011

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:30 a.m. (PDT) Tuesday, Sept. 27, was titled “Were blast, earlier leaks related?.” Its subject was a gas leak in a service line that leads to a house that exploded.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Males (2)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, utility company spokeswoman
  2. Male, fire department spokesman
  3. Female, sister of injured woman
  4. Male, state utilities engineer
  5. Female, neighbor
  6. Male, neighbor
  7. Female, neighbor
  8. Female, neighbor
  9. Male, in neighborhood
  10. Male, neighbor

Notes/analysis: The article includes two graphs and a photograph by a male photographer of firefighters where the gender of the subjects cannot be determined.


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. (PDT) Tuesday, Sept. 27, was titled “Drunken driving suspected in N. Seattle crash.” Its subject was a crash early in the morning that may have been the result of drinking and driving.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

None.

Notes/analysis: The article’s only citations are “Police say.” There are no named sources.

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