Gender check: 6/30/11 – 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)

Stltoday.com, 6/30/2011

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:45 a.m. (PST) Thursday, June 30, was titled “Former Brentwood official admits stealing $30,000 for gambling.” Its subject was a former city administrator admits to embezzling.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, mayor
  2. Males (2), defense lawyers (together said)
  3. Male, former city administrator, suspect

Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 6/30/11

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:45 a.m. (PST) June 30, was titled “In Morehouse, people are recovering from flood, one step at a time.” Its subject was a look at how the people of one community are dealing with the after-effects of flooding.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, resident
  2. Male, mayor
  3. Male, resident
  4. Male, FEMA spokesperson
  5. Female, Hoopa group (helping)
  6. Male, reverend
  7. Female, resident

Notes/analysis: The article also contains a photo slideshow. Those images with human figures feature a single person. There were five with males (two of the mayor) and four with females.

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