Gender check: 2/13/12 – South

 

*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: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 7 p.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 12, was titled “80-year-old man clubbed to death in robbery.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Crime and Violence – Violent crime, murder, assault, violence (Global Media Monitoring Project No. 38)

Word count: 524

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male – county sheriff
  2. Male – sheriff spokesman

Notes/analysis: The photo accompanying the story was of the male suspect in the case.

Website: Patch Buckhead

On Patch Buckhead, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 7 p.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 12, was titled “Davis Says He’s Not Bound by Demographers’ Options.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Social and legal – Education, childcare, nursery, university, literacy (Global Media Monitoring Project No. 27)

Word count: 289

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male – Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent

Notes/analysis: The photo accompanying the story was of the male superintendent.

 

Gender check: 1/10/12 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:40 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Jan. 10, was titled “Higher-ed woes tied to state ‘leadership vacuum’.” Its subject was a new report about higher education in Washington state.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, state representative
  2. Male, professor and president of United Faculty of state
  3. Female (2), researchers for report
  4. Female, public policy analyst for governor
  5. Male, professor
  6. Male, member of Higher Education Coordinating Board


Website: Seattle P-I

Seattle P-I, 1/10/2012

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:40 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Jan. 10, was titled “Will genealogy crack mystery of Federal Way girl’s slaying?” Its subject was lead in a 1991 case of a girl sexually assaulted and killed near her high school.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, sheriff’s office spokeswoman
  2. Female, forensic scientist

Gender check: 9/6/11 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

"Growing enrollments bring rebirth for 2 Seattle schools" - Seattle Times, 9/6/2011

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 12:35 p.m. (PDT) Tuesday, Sept. 6, was titled “Growing enrollments bring rebirth for 2 Seattle schools.” Its subject was two schools reopening after district enrollment increases.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, school board member
  2. Female, principal
  3. Female, principal
  4. Female, parent
  5. Female, school librarian

Notes/analysis: The article includes two photos – one of a female and one of a male. Both were taken by female photographer.

Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 12:35 p.m. (PDT) Tuesday, Sept. 6, was titled “Police: ‘Possessed’ Auburn woman ritualistically attacked man, children.” Its subject was a woman charged with felony assault for allegedly torturing a housemate and his daughter for over a year.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, victim (via court documents)
  2. Female, deputy prosecutor
  3. Female, detective
  4. Female, victim (via court documents)

Gender check: 1/27/11 – Midwest

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Website: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (stltoday.com)

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 2:30 p.m. (MST) Thursday, Jan. 27, was titled “No federal disaster aid for Missouri tornado victims.” Its subject was about a decision that victims of storms around New Year’s would not be receiving federal disaster aid.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, FEMA spokesman

2. Male, mayor

3. Male, governor (paraphrased)

4. Male, PIO for related agency (paraphrased)

Notes/analysis: All of the sources in the article were male. No comments were yet included from the actual victims of the storm.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 2:15 p.m. (MST) Thursday, Jan. 27, was titled “Educators welcome Obama’s emphasis on schools.” Its subject was local education officials’ responses and opinions on President Barack Obama’s comments about education in Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, U.S. president

2. Female, president of Missouri NEA

3. Male, dean of education at university

4. Male, executive director of charter school group

5. Female, state education commissioner

Notes/analysis: The article includes a balanced gender mix of state sources in education. The article also includes two mug shots — one of a female and one of a male source.