Gender check: 5/8/12 – West

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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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Gender check: 5/1/12 – West

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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)

Gender check: 4/24/12 – West

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Website: Los Angeles Times

On LATimes.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:15 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, April 24, was titled “Report finds wave of Mexican immigration to U.S. has ended.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Social and legal (GMMP No. 31)

Word count: 918

Author: Female (1) and male (1)

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, co-author of study
  2. Male, sociology professor
  3. Male, spokesman for group that advocates for restricted immigration
  4. Female, immigration attorney


Website: California Watch

California Watch 4/24/2012

On California Watch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:15 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, April 24, was titled “State’s presidential primaries have history of irrelevance.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Politics and government (GMMP No. 4)

Word count: 685

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, legislative historian and political analyst

Gender check: 4/17/12 – West

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Website: Los Angeles Times

LA Times 4/17/2012

On LATimes.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:50 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, April 17, was titled “Tax measures may be doomed, but they clarify parties’ goals.”

Here is its breakdown:

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

Word count: 780

Author: Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, Senate majority leader
  2. Male, billionaire investor
  3. Male, Republican pollster
  4. Male, House speaker
  5. Male, Senator


Website: California Watch

On California Watch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:50 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, April 17, was titled “Lawmaker, often target of investigations, zeros in on bullet train.”

Here is its breakdown:

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

Word count: 970

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, U.S. representative
  2. Male, president of the stat rail foundation and a bullet train critic.
  3. Male, board chairman

Gender check: 4/10/12 – West

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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.