Gender check: 7/26/11 – 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 8 a.m. (PDT) Tuesday, July 26, was titled “Tunnel debate spills into the streets.” Its subject was a pre-vote debate on a tunnel that’s turned to focus on traffic.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, project administrator
  2. Male, FTA (in comments for EIS)
  3. Male, director of state transportation center
  4. Male, transportation institute
  5. Male, spokesman for anti-tunnel group
  6. Male, state treasurer
  7. Male, retired transportation secretary


Website: Seattle P-I

Seattle P-I, 7/26/2011

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8 a.m. (PDT) Tuesday, July 26, was titled “King Co. Council delays vote on $20 car tab fee for transit.” Its subject was a decision to delay a vote on a vehicle license fee.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, council member
  2. Male, council member
  3. Male, council member
  4. Male, spokesman (for male executive)

Notes/analysis: The King County Council is a nine-member council, with currently six male members and three female members.

Gender check: 7/7/11 – Midwest

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

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:30 a.m. (PST) Thursday, July 7, was titled “St. Louis closes 18th Street bridge for emergency repairs.” Its subject was closures as a result of repairs to a bridge.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, traffic commissioner

Notes/analysis: The story was only five graphs long and simply detailed expected closures, delays and alternative routes.

Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 7/7/11

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:30 a.m. (PST) July 7, was titled “As anti-terrorism funding shrinks, controversy grows over how to spend it.” Its subject was cuts to funding bringing about debates in how the security funds should be used.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, Department of Homeland secretary
  2. Male, U.S. representative
  3. Male, U.S. representative
  4. Male, public safety administrator
  5. Female, director of emergency services and homeland security
  6. Male, task force member
  7. Male, research fellow
  8. Male, U.S. senator
  9. Male, spokesman for male U.S. representative
  10. Female, spokeswoman for female U.S. senator
  11. Male, U.S. representative
  12. Male, spokesman for male U.S. senator

Notes/analysis: The article also contains a number of mug shots of sources — four of men and one of a woman.

Gender check: 7/5/11 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

Seattle Times, 7/5/2011

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:30 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, July 5, was titled “Black Diamond split over big growth plans.” Its subject was debate over a large development.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, developer
  2. Male, resident
  3. Female, mayor
  4. Female, opponent
  5. Male, resident (former mayor)
  6. Male, company’s chief entitlement officer
  7. Male, council member
  8. Male, city manager
  9. Male, council member
  10. Male, development and environmental services director

Notes/analysis: Four photos appear with the piece, taken by a female photographer. Two feature a single male (and story source) and one features a single female (and story source). The fourth is an image of a town landmark.


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:30 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, July 7, was titled “Tuesday’s commute could be gridlock with Lions Club convention.” Its subject was officials getting the word out about traffic in light of the largest convention in Seattle in “at least two decades.”

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, WSDOT spokeswoman
  2. Male, Seattle DOT spokesman
  3. Female, Metro spokeswoman