Gender check: 1/3/12 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

Seattle Times, 1/3/2012

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of noon (PST) Tuesday, Jan. 3, was titled “Suspect in ranger’s slaying found dead in creek.” Its subject was the suspect in the killing of a park ranger.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Staff (5 male reporters contributed to the report, plus a male researcher and the AP)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, sheriff’s sgt.
  2. Male, FBI special agent
  3. Female, sheriff’s sgt.
  4. Male, major and spokesman for Army joint base
  5. Female, mother of suspect’s daughter
  6. Female, relative of No. 5
  7. Male, park spokesman
  8. Male, spokesman


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of noon (PST) Tuesday, Jan. 3, was titled “FBI: Suspect in Rainier ranger’s killing dead.” Its subject was the same as above.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, FBI spokeswoman*
  2. Male, sheriff’s spokesman
  3. Male, park spokesman
  4. Female, special agent-in-charge of the FBI Seattle office
  5. Female, sheriff’s sgt.
  6. Female, U.S. attorney
  7. Male, park superintendent
  8. Male, neighbor of ranger

Notes/analysis: It is unclear whether this FBI spokeswoman who confirmed the body found was that of the suspect is the same as source No. 4.

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