Gender check: 6/16/11 – 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 11:25 a.m. (PST) Thursday, June 16, was titled “Missouri River to be high but manageable all summer, barring torrents of rain.” Its subject was a discussion on the flood potential of the Missouri River.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, chief of Weather Service office

2. Male, commander of Army Corps of Engineers district

Notes/analysis: The photo accompanying the story features two males. It was taken by a male photographer.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11:25 a.m. (PST) Thursday, June 16, was titled “Blunt visits Guantanamo, calls for two more terror suspects to be tried there.” Its subject was a U.S. senator speaks about his tour of Guantanamo.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, U.S. senator

2. Male, a spokesman (unnamed)

3. Unknown, attorney

Notes/analysis: The story was based mainly on a call with reporters with the U.S. senator sharing his thoughts after a tour of the facility, making him the main and dominate source.

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