Gender check: 5/1/12 – 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 1:10 p.m. (PT) Tuesday, May 1, was titled “Obama in Afghanistan on Osama bin Laden death anniversary.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Politics and government: Peace, negotiations, treaties (GMMP No. 3)

Word count: 385

Author: Female (1) and male (1)

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, president
  2. Male, presidential candidate


Website: California Watch

On California Watch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of [1:10 p.m. (PT) Tuesday, May 1, was titled “Ex-ICE intelligence chief pleads guilty to embezzlement.” (Note: The link for the daily report on the California Watch homepage takes you to the article but on the Center for Investigative Reporting’s website.)

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Crime and violence: Non-violent crime (GMMP No. 37)

Word count: 763

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, U.S. attorney (in a statement)
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