Gender check: 12/13/11 – 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

"Vancouver pain clinic leaves behind doubts, chaos and deaths" -Seattle Times, 12/13/2011

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Dec. 13, was titled “Vancouver pain clinic leaves behind doubts, chaos and deaths.” Its subject was clinic that was associated with painkillers in six overdose deaths and for which the state had received more than 100 complaints.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male (2)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, whose mom died after a fatal overdose of methadone
  2. Female, nurse practitioner at the clinic (founder, key figure)
  3. Unknown, pharmacy manager
  4. Male, medical doctor
  5. Male (quote), medical doctor
  6. Male (quote), medical doctor
  7. Female, lawyer
  8. Female, nurse practitioner at the clinic
  9. Male, lawyer
  10. Male, lawyer

Notes/analysis: The article includes four photos. One photo featured a single female subject. Another was a mugshot of the main female subject. One photo features two male subjects. The other is of a prescription. Photos were by a male photographer.


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Dec. 13, was titled “Occupy Seattle protests at port lead to skirmishes, arrests.” Its subject was protesters aimed to shutdown the Port of Seattle.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Staff

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, port spokeswoman
  2. Male, trucker
  3. Male, witness, legal adviser to the movement
  4. Female, union spokeswoman
  5. Female, port spokeswoman
  6. Male, union president

Notes/analysis: The article includes 28 photos, all by a male photographer.

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