Gender check: 2/14/12 – West

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Website: Los Angeles Times

On LATimes.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 3 p.m. (PST) Tuesday, Feb. 14, was titled “Whitney Houston drug probe likely to include her doctors.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Celebrity, arts, media, sports: Celebrity news (Global Media Monitoring Project No. 45)

Word count: 453

Author: Male (2)

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, defense attorney
  2. Male, spokesman for coroner’s office
  3. Female, singer’s spokeswoman (unnamed)

Notes/analysis: The photo with the story features mostly female mourners. It was taken by a male photographer.


Website: California Watch

On California Watch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 3 p.m. (PST) Tuesday, Feb. 14, was titled “Calif. cement plant has one of nation’s highest mercury emission levels.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Science and health: Environment, pollution (Global Media Monitoring Project No. 24)

Word count: 2239

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, lawyer with environmental group
  2. Male, VP of regulatory affairs at cement association
  3. Male, spokesman for cement company
  4. Female, environmental activist
  5. Female, spokeswoman for air quality management district
  6. Female, resident
  7. Male, mayor
  8. Male, resident involved in monitoring
  9. Male, air pollution control officer
  10. Female, spokeswoman for National Resources Defense Council
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Gender check: 11/29/11 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

"Olympia's budget-cutting special session begins" - Seattle Times, 11/29/2011

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:20 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Nov. 29, was titled “Olympia’s budget-cutting special session begins.” Its subject was disruptions from protesters during the opening of the state legislature’s special session.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Shared byline (Male and female)

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, state patrol spokesman
  2. Female, 84-year-old protester
  3. Male, state Senate Ways and Means Committee chairman
  4. Male, retired literature professor (with protesters)
  5. Male, state representative
  6. Male, state representative

Notes/analysis: The article includes six photos. The only two with named individuals feature female state senators.


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:20 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Nov. 29, was titled “Public’s help needed in beating death of gay man.” Its subject was information needed on the beating death of a male, a longtime hair stylist whose family says was targeted for his sexual orientation.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, officer
  2. Female, victim’s niece
  3. Male, police sgt.

Gender check: 10/11/11 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

"Budget woes: Will parolees get a free pass?" - Seattle Times, 10/11/2011

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:15 a.m. (PDT) Tuesday, Oct. 11, was titled “Budget woes: Will parolees get a free pass?” Its subject was possible effects of drastic cuts outlined by the state Department of Corrections.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, corrections spokesman
  2. Male, spokesman for Washington Federation of State Employees
  3. Male, a community corrections supervisor
  4. Female, secretary of union
  5. Male, House Ways and Means committee chairman
  6. Male,  corrections secretary


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:15 a.m. (PDT) Tuesday, Oct. 11, was titled “No arrests of protesters, despite threats.” Its subject was police officers and the “Occupy Seattle” movement.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Staff

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Unknown, staff member of mayor
  2. Male, mayor
  3. Male, protester

Notes/Analysis: The article also includes quotes from posts to the groups’ social media.

Gender check: 8/25/11 – Midwest

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

"Man found dead in car was shot outside Moline Acres market" - Stltoday, 8/25/11

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:15 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Aug. 25, was titled “Man found dead in car was shot outside Moline Acres market.” Its subject was findings related to a man discovered dead in a car.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, detective sgt.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:15 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Aug. 25, was titled “Water tower down: Icon’s demise breaks ex-Chrysler worker’s link to past.” Its subject was a feature on the impact and life of a former longtime employee of a now closed and demolished Chrysler plant.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, former longtime employee

Notes/analysis: The article also includes a photo and multimedia about the man featured by a male photographer.

Gender Check 7/20/11 – Northeast

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Website: The New York Times

On The New York Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, July 20 was titled “British Leader Defends His Actions in Hacking Case.” Its subject was the testimony of Prime Minister David Cameron in the continued investigation into the phone hacking scandal

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male – prime minister
  2. Male – former editor
  3. Male – member of Parliament

Notes/Analysis: Much of this story and its quotes were taken from the testimonies of those involved, not direct interviews.

Website: ProPublica

On ProPublica, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, July 13 was titled “Justice Department Retracts Court Filings That Undercut FBI’S Anthrax Case.” Its subject was an investigation with the case involving a former Army microbiologist’s involvement in the Anthrax scare of 2001. The story was co-published with Frontline and McClatchy.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Authors:  Male (shared byline)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male – spokesman
  2. Male – Army technician
  3. Female – Army scientist

Notes/analysis: This story used mostly information from the legal filing for its sources and information.