Gender check: 2/14/12 – 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: Los Angeles Times

On LATimes.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 3 p.m. (PST) Tuesday, Feb. 14, was titled “Whitney Houston drug probe likely to include her doctors.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Celebrity, arts, media, sports: Celebrity news (Global Media Monitoring Project No. 45)

Word count: 453

Author: Male (2)

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, defense attorney
  2. Male, spokesman for coroner’s office
  3. Female, singer’s spokeswoman (unnamed)

Notes/analysis: The photo with the story features mostly female mourners. It was taken by a male photographer.


Website: California Watch

On California Watch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 3 p.m. (PST) Tuesday, Feb. 14, was titled “Calif. cement plant has one of nation’s highest mercury emission levels.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Science and health: Environment, pollution (Global Media Monitoring Project No. 24)

Word count: 2239

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, lawyer with environmental group
  2. Male, VP of regulatory affairs at cement association
  3. Male, spokesman for cement company
  4. Female, environmental activist
  5. Female, spokeswoman for air quality management district
  6. Female, resident
  7. Male, mayor
  8. Male, resident involved in monitoring
  9. Male, air pollution control officer
  10. Female, spokeswoman for National Resources Defense Council

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