Gender check: 12/20/11 – 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 9 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Dec. 20, was titled “Seattle, feds to open talks on police use of force.” Its subject was the city’s aim to begin talks with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding findings that the police department has utilized an unconstitutional use of force.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, mayor
  2. Male, spokesman for female U.S. attorney
  3. Male, police chief
  4. Male, city council member

Notes/analysis: The article includes one photo and one mugshot. All feature male subjects (No. 1 and No. 3). 


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Dec. 20, was titled “Unimpressed skiers ask: Where’s the spectacular La Nina snow?” Its subject was a lack of fresh snow on local slopes.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, who regularly ‘hits the slopes”
  2. Female, of ski resort
  3. Male, skier
  4. Female, skier

Notes/analysis: The three images with the story contain no named or discernible human subjects.

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