Gender check: 5/8/12 – 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 8 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, May 8, was titled “Mitt Romney campaign has awkward moments in Ohio.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Politics and government (GMMP No. 4)

Word count: 916

Author: Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, audience member
  2. Male, presidential candidate
  3. Female, audience member
  4. Male, Senator (then running for president)
  5. Male, president of organization
  6. Male, White House advisor
  7. Male, former presidential candidate
  8. Male, state auditor


Website: California Watch

California Watch

On California Watch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, May 8, was titled “With campaign donations, bond underwriters also secure contracts.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Politics and government (GMMP No. 4)

Word count: 1832

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, assistant county treasurer
  2. Male, former assemblyman
  3. Male, parent volunteer
  4. Female, chief business official
  5. Male, chief financial officer
  6. Female, chief business and financial officer
  7. Male, deputy executive director and chief legal officer
  8. Male, superintendent
  9. Male, company president
  10. Female, chief business official
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