Gender Check: 7/14/11 – 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 8 a.m. (PST) Thursday, July 14, was titled “Federal agents seize 2,300 pounds of pot from truck near Pacific.” Its subject was marijuana in a secret compartment of a tractor trailer parked on the side of the interstate.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, spokesman with U.S. Immigration and Customs agency

Notes/analysis: This was a developing story.

Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8 a.m. (PST) Thursday, July 14, was titled “Crack cocaine offenders may get early release; neighborhoods hope to avoid reentry problems.” Its subject was a plan to ease sentences of some inmates with crack cocaine sentences.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, professor
  2. Female, district judge
  3. Male, chief probation officer
  4. Female, associate professor
  5. Male, resident
  6. Male, alderman
  7. Female, resident
  8. Male, federal parole officer

Notes/analysis: The article also contains several of mug shots of sources — two of women and one of a man.

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