Gender check: 11/8/11 – 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: Seattle Times

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:20 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Nov. 8, was titled “Warrant issued for figure in Seattle schools scandal.” Its subject was the main figured in the alleged to scheme to bilk the school district out of $250,000 did not appear in court.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

None.

Notes/analysis: This story since it emerged has often been at the top of the Seattle website’s home pages. View other Gender Checks of articles on the Seattle Schools here.


Website: Seattle P-I

Seattle P-I, 11/8/2011

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:20 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, Nov. 8, was titled “Warrant issued for main figure in Seattle schools contracting scandal.” Its subject was the same as above.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, accused (according to police report)
  2. Male, prosecutor

Gender check: 5/17/11 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 6 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, May 17, was titled “Enfield reverses decision to fire Ingraham High principal.” Its subject was the Seattle Schools interim superintendent announcing she would give a male principal another year to prove himself rather than terminating him.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Female, interim superintendent


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 6 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, May 17, was titled “Starbucks sued for firing barista with dwarfism.” Its subject was the federal government suing Starbucks for firing a woman who asked to use a stool or stepladder when preparing drinks.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, trial lawyer

2. Female, company spokeswoman

Notes/analysis: The article only included voices speaking on behalf of others.


*This post was created May 19, but information was gathered at 6 p.m. May 17.*

Gender check: 3/1/11 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 2:30 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, March 1, was titled “State’s monthly job results good, as unemployment drops.” Its subject was the drop in unemployment and strongest monthly job picture in three years.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, chief economist

2. Male, spokesman

Notes/analysis: The article was mostly recently released numbers from the Employment Security Department.


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 2:30 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, March 1, was titled “Report: Early warnings kept from Seattle School Board.” Its subject was a look at who had knowledge of a report that warned of a billing scandal in a small business contracting program for the school district based on information revealed through internal documents that were recently released.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, former director of facilities (from note)

2. Female, former prosecutor (from report she prepared)

3. Male, accountant

4. Male, former employee, subject of issue (in e-mail)

Notes/analysis: Most sources were referenced from documents they had written that were recently released such as a report, e-mails and notes. At the center of the issue are a male employee and a male supervisor of that employee. Also now in question is the female schools superintendent.