Gender check: 3/13/12 – 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 7:30 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, March 13, was titled “L.A. council members call for accurate Fire Department figures.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Politics and government: Other domestic politics, government, etc. (GMMP No. 4)

Word count: 973

Author: Female (1) and Male (2)

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, councilwoman
  2. Male, councilman
  3. Male, community activist
  4. Male, mayoral candidate
  5. Male, spokesman for mayor
  6. Female, spokeswoman for SF fire department
  7. Male, chief
  8. Male, councilman
  9. Female, city controller and mayoral candidate



Website: California Watch

California Watch - 3/13/2012

On California Watch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 7:30 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, March 13, was titled “White-dominated boards face legal threats over racial makeup.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Social and legal: Other (GMMP No. 36)

Word count: 2,489

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, councilwoman
  2. Male, of Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College
  3. Male, of consulting firm
  4. Male, city attorney
  5. Male, former legal director of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
  6. Male, councilman
  7. Female, city attorney
  8. Male, former councilman (father was also)
  9. Male, retired engineer who ran for office
  10. Male, conservative activist who ran for office
  11. Male, Latino candidate
  12. Male, mayor
  13. Female, councilwoman
  14. Male, attorney and candidate
  15. Male, who served two terms and is running
  16. Male, elected councilman

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