Gender check: 10/25/11 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

"3 charged with bilking $250,000 in Seattle schools scandal" - Seattle Times, 10/25/2011

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11:10 a.m. (PDT) Tuesday, Oct. 25, was titled “3 charged with bilking $250,000 in Seattle schools scandal.” Its subject was three people (two men and one woman) charged in a scheme to bilk funds from the school district.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, defendant
  2. Male, defendant

Notes/analysis: The article includes much detail on the two male defendants but very little on the female defendant. Also, the story had heavy reliance on archives and included one photo of the main male defendant.


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11:10 a.m. (PDT) Tuesday, Oct. 25, was titled “Criminal charges filed in Seattle schools financial scandal.” Its subject was the same as above.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, county prosecutor

Notes/analysis: Much shorter in length than the Seattle Times’ story.