Gender check: 3/20/12 – 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 the LATimes.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 7:45 p.m. (PT) Tuesday, March 20, was titled “Mitt Romney wins Illinois presidential primary.”

Here is its breakdown:

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

Word count: 1,000

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned)

None

Notes/analysis: The article contained no quote or sources other than general references to voters and campaigns.


Website: California Watch

On California Watch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 7:45 p.m. (PT) Tuesday, March 20, was titled “State will not appeal court ruling on First 5 funds.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Social and legal: Legal system, judiciary, legislation (GMMP No. 35)

Word count: 676

Author: Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, superior court judge
  2. Male, director of public affairs
  3. Female, executive director
  4. Female, assistant executive director
  5. Male, spokesman for department of finance
  6. Male, attorney

Notes/analysis: The “spotlight” story at the time of the site visit was a video project posted by a female but done by a male and female. As a result, the above gender checked story is the daily report story.

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