Gender check: 10/25/11 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

"3 charged with bilking $250,000 in Seattle schools scandal" - Seattle Times, 10/25/2011

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11:10 a.m. (PDT) Tuesday, Oct. 25, was titled “3 charged with bilking $250,000 in Seattle schools scandal.” Its subject was three people (two men and one woman) charged in a scheme to bilk funds from the school district.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, defendant
  2. Male, defendant

Notes/analysis: The article includes much detail on the two male defendants but very little on the female defendant. Also, the story had heavy reliance on archives and included one photo of the main male defendant.


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11:10 a.m. (PDT) Tuesday, Oct. 25, was titled “Criminal charges filed in Seattle schools financial scandal.” Its subject was the same as above.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, county prosecutor

Notes/analysis: Much shorter in length than the Seattle Times’ story.

Gender check: 10/4/11 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

Seattle Times, 10/4/2011

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:45 a.m. (PDT) Tuesday, Oct. 4, was titled “Knox leaves Italy to head home.” Its subject was Knox’s flight to Seattle as well as the details around her acquittal.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female (2) (Associated Press)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, brother of the victim
  2. Female, subject
  3. Male, secretary-general of the Italy-US Foundation
  4. Male, prosecutor
  5. Male, convicted
  6. Male, lawyer of the convicted


Website: Seattle P-I

Seattle P-I, 10/4/2011

On the Seattle P-I,one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:45 a.m. (PDT) Tuesday, Oct. 4, was titled “Seattle-bound Amanda Knox spotted at airport in Rome.” Its subject was Knox’s flight back to Seattle after being acquitted of murder.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

None.

Notes/analysis: This post includes a statement from the victim’s family as well as details about Knox’s flight and a possible press conference. It also includes a video and links to other photos and articles.

Gender check: 3/22/11 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 5:15 p.m. (MST) March 22, was titled “City suspends DUI cases while police investigate rubber-stamping of arrests.” Its subject was an investigation into the process of DUI cases at the city police department.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Two males, one female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, city attorney

2. Male, head of police union

3. Female, spokeswoman for city attorney’s office

4. Male, police department spokesman

5. Male, spokesman for county attorney’s office

6. Male, sergeant with county sheriff’s office

7. Female, spokeswoman for state patrol

Notes/analysis: The article also contained quotes from written statements.


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 5:15 p.m. (MST) on March 22, was titled “Kentlake teacher accused of having sex with 17-year-old student, charged with sexual misconduct.” Its subject was a female high school teacher charged with having sex with a male student.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Female, suspect (according to the charging documents)

2. Female, detective

3. Male, senior deputy prosecutor

Notes/analysis: Other than the boy, the only other additional subject mentioned was his mother.

Gender check: 01/18/11 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of noon (MST) Tuesday, Jan. 18, was titled “Picasso leaves his mark on SAM.” Its subject was fine arts.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, museum frequenter, manager of cafe across the street
2. Male, museum director
3. Female, spokeswoman for hotel/restaurant (not named)
4. Female, clothing store employee four blocks away from museum

Notes/analysis: Article includes photo of a mixed-gender crowd at the museum exhibit of a well-known male artist.

Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of noon (MST) Tuesday, Jan. 18, was titled “Trial to begin after man critically injured by sheriff’s deputies.” Its subject was crime and courts.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, attorney
2. Female, wife of victim
3. Male, senior deputy prosecutor

Notes/analysis: Alleged victim featured in the article is male, as are alleged deputies involved. Judge referenced at the end is female.