Gender check: 5/15/12 – 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 7:25 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, May 15, was titled “Rebekah Brooks, five others to be charged in phone-hacking case.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Crime and violence (GMMP No. 37)

Word count: 389

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female and Male (statement from couple charged)
  2. Female prosecutor


Website: California Watch

California Watch, 5/15/2012

On California Watch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 7:25 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, May 15, was titled “Issa blasts costly airport-security machines languishing in storage.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Politics and government (GMMP No. 7)

Word count: 711

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, Congressman
  2. Male, Transportation Security Administration’s top financial official
  3. Male, auditor
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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

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