Gender check: 2/3/11 – 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 4:30 p.m. (MST) Thursday, Feb. 3, was titled “Metro seeks termination of bus driver in fatal St. Louis crash.” Its subject was an incident earlier in the day in which a 60-year-old woman died after being run over by a bus. The male bus driver did not realize it happened.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Female, metro spokeswoman

2. Male, witness (unnamed)

3. Male, police officer

Notes/analysis: This story is evolving and being constantly updated, but it’s interesting to note at this point that though the female source is the first referenced (in the lede), she’s not named until much later in the story, after the other two sources (both male) are mentioned.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 4:30 p.m. (MST) Thursday, Feb. 3, was titled “Companies, lawmakers battle ‘antidumping’ tariffs on magnesium.” Its subject was an anticipated U.S. International Trade Commission vote on continuing tariffs on imports of magnesium and its impacts.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, company vice-president of operations

2. Male, general manager of different die-casting company

3. Female and male, two U.S. Senators in a letter

4. Male, U.S. Senator

5.  Male, a company president

6. Female, marketing director

Notes/analysis: This article relied heavily on upper management sources within die-casting companies.

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