Gender check: 5/5/11 – 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 May 5 was titled “Zoo’s new sea lion stars are cute-if not compliant.” Its subject was a look at the new sea lions at the local zoo and how their training is going.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author:
Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, show manager

2. Female, trainer


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 1p.m. (MST) May 5 was titled “For farmers, the levee breach ‘is history now,’ but they struggle with how to ‘move on.'” Its subject was residents’ attempts to deal with and recovery from losses.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author:
Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, property owner and farmer

2. Male, Spc.

3. Female, part-time rural mail carrier

4. Female, former property owner, grew up there

5. Female, long-time resident

Notes/analysis: Though there are more female sources overall, in both articles this week they came after male sources.

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