Gender check: 1/17/12 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:30 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Jan. 17, was titled “Wednesday is still expected to deliver the biggest snow punch.” Its subject was snow storm coverage.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, meteorologist

Notes/analysis: The main link from the home page took readers to a shorter blog post with an update and a link to last night’s story.


Website: Seattle P-I

"Major snowstorm expected this week" - Seattle P-I, 1/17/2012

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:30 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Jan. 17, was titled “Major snowstorm expected this week.” Its subject was snow storm coverage (same as above).

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, meteorologist
  2. Male, warning coordinator for the weather service

 

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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: 1/3/12 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

Seattle Times, 1/3/2012

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of noon (PST) Tuesday, Jan. 3, was titled “Suspect in ranger’s slaying found dead in creek.” Its subject was the suspect in the killing of a park ranger.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Staff (5 male reporters contributed to the report, plus a male researcher and the AP)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, sheriff’s sgt.
  2. Male, FBI special agent
  3. Female, sheriff’s sgt.
  4. Male, major and spokesman for Army joint base
  5. Female, mother of suspect’s daughter
  6. Female, relative of No. 5
  7. Male, park spokesman
  8. Male, spokesman


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of noon (PST) Tuesday, Jan. 3, was titled “FBI: Suspect in Rainier ranger’s killing dead.” Its subject was the same as above.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, FBI spokeswoman*
  2. Male, sheriff’s spokesman
  3. Male, park spokesman
  4. Female, special agent-in-charge of the FBI Seattle office
  5. Female, sheriff’s sgt.
  6. Female, U.S. attorney
  7. Male, park superintendent
  8. Male, neighbor of ranger

Notes/analysis: It is unclear whether this FBI spokeswoman who confirmed the body found was that of the suspect is the same as source No. 4.

Gender check: 12/27/11 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 12:20 p.m. (PST) Tuesday, Dec. 27, was titled “520 bridge tolling ready to roll.” Its subject was the all-electronic tolling system set to begin Thursday.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, editor
  2. Male, who led the expert panel
  3. Male, tolling director
  4. Male, director of transportation center at university
  5. Male, analyst
  6. Female, DOT secretary
  7. Male, transportation policy director for foundation
  8. Male, chairman of state transportation commission


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 12:20 p.m. (PST) Tuesday, Dec. 27, was titled “Police arrest suspect in Lake City robberies.” Its subject was the arrest of a man who may be responsible for some of a string of recent robberies.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

None.

Notes/analysis: The article uses “Police say” but does not reference a specific officer.

Gender check: 12/20/11 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Dec. 20, was titled “Seattle, feds to open talks on police use of force.” Its subject was the city’s aim to begin talks with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding findings that the police department has utilized an unconstitutional use of force.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, mayor
  2. Male, spokesman for female U.S. attorney
  3. Male, police chief
  4. Male, city council member

Notes/analysis: The article includes one photo and one mugshot. All feature male subjects (No. 1 and No. 3). 


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Dec. 20, was titled “Unimpressed skiers ask: Where’s the spectacular La Nina snow?” Its subject was a lack of fresh snow on local slopes.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, who regularly ‘hits the slopes”
  2. Female, of ski resort
  3. Male, skier
  4. Female, skier

Notes/analysis: The three images with the story contain no named or discernible human subjects.