Gender check: 4/10/12 – 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 7:50 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, April 10, was titled “Obama to step up push for ‘Buffett Rule’ as Tax Day approaches.”

Here is its breakdown:

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

Word count: 556

Author: Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, investor
  2. Male, spokesman
  3. Male, economist
  4. Male, campaign manager
  5. Female, campaign spokeswoman


Website: California Watch

California Watch, 4/10/2012

On California Watch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 7:50 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, April 10, was titled “Neglected for decades, unincorporated communities lack basic public services.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Science and Health: Medicine, health, hygiene, safety (GMMP No. 20)

Word count: 3,558

Author: Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, community college student and member of advisory council
  2. Male, longtime community advocate
  3. Male, assemblyman
  4. Male, county supervisor
  5. Female, county director of environmental resources
  6. Male, resident
  7. Female, assistant professor of anthropology
  8. Male, county board of supervisors
  9. Female, wife of retired date palm worker
  10. Male, resident
  11. Male, whose family owns the park
  12. Male, retired staff director for the state Senate Governance and Finance Committee
  13. Female, resident and “neighborhood matriarch”
  14. Male, city councilman
  15. Male, truck driver and resident
  16. Female, resident
  17. Male, director of institute for public finance and infrastructure policy at university
  18. Male, emergency room physician and founder of healthcare initiative
  19. Male, assemblyman

Notes/analysis: The article includes three images — two are of males, one is of a female.

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