Gender check: 6/23/11 – 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 12:30 p.m. (PST) Thursday, June 23, was titled “St. Louis woman charged; police say she lied about carjacking.” Its subject was a woman charged with making a false report after lying about a carjacking.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Female, accused (via court documents)


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 12:30 p.m. (PST) Thursday, June 23, was titled “Analysis: Obama’s troop withdrawals from Afghanistan reflect domestic pressures.” Its subject was a look at the decision to draw down troops and focus attentions “at home.”

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author:  Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, U.S. senator (Democrat)

2. Male, U.S. senator (Democrat)

3. Male, U.S. senator (Republican) (via op-ed)

4. Male, then-U.S. senator

5. Unknown, “senior administration official” (Unnamed)

6. Male, “senior administration official” (Unnamed)

Notes/analysis: The article also refers to statements from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, as well as other offices and statistics.

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