Gender check: 4/7/11 – 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 1 p.m. (MST) Thursday, April 7, was titled “2nd Winfield High student being questioned in alleged plot for school massacre.” Its subject was an update attached to an initial story about a student being arrest for allegedly plotting a mass shooting at his school.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, sheriff’s department major

2. Male, suspect (according to police)

Notes/analysis: All three students referred to in this story as being involved, questioned or informants are male.

Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 1 p.m. (MST) Thursday, April 7, was titled “Curtain rises again on Edwardsville’s Wildey Theatre.” Its subject was the grand reopening of a theater building after a renovation and remodel that also inspired others in the downtown area to follow suit.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, alderman

2. Male, project consultant

3. Female, alderman

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