Gender check: 4/3/12 – 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 7:25 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, April 3, was titled “Wisconsin primary could mark general election pivot point.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Politics and government: Other (GMMP No. 8)

Word count: 568

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, U.S. president
  2. Male, GOP presidential candidate
  3. Male, U.S. VP
  4. Male, GOP presidential candidate


Website: California Watch

On California Watch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 7:25 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, April 3, was titled “Free military surplus gear a boon to local Calif. law enforcement.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Politics and government: National defense, military spending, internal security (GMMP No. 7)

Word count: 1,588

Author:  Male (2)

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, Sgt.
  2. Male, police chief
  3. Male, a former top state homeland security official and current adjunct professor
  4. Female, of the Defense Logistics Agency
  5. Male, police Lt.
  6. Male, spokesman
  7. Male, police spokesman and Lt.
  8. Male, spokesman (unnamed)
  9. Male, Sgt.

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