Gender check: 11/29/11 – 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

"Olympia's budget-cutting special session begins" - Seattle Times, 11/29/2011

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:20 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Nov. 29, was titled “Olympia’s budget-cutting special session begins.” Its subject was disruptions from protesters during the opening of the state legislature’s special session.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Shared byline (Male and female)

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, state patrol spokesman
  2. Female, 84-year-old protester
  3. Male, state Senate Ways and Means Committee chairman
  4. Male, retired literature professor (with protesters)
  5. Male, state representative
  6. Male, state representative

Notes/analysis: The article includes six photos. The only two with named individuals feature female state senators.


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:20 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Nov. 29, was titled “Public’s help needed in beating death of gay man.” Its subject was information needed on the beating death of a male, a longtime hair stylist whose family says was targeted for his sexual orientation.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, officer
  2. Female, victim’s niece
  3. Male, police sgt.
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