Gender check: 7/28/11 – 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)

“Missing inmate went through unlocked gate, scaled fence to escape St. Louis jail,” Stltoday.com, 7/28/2011

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:45 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, July 28, was titled “Missing inmate went through unlocked gate, scaled fence to escape St. Louis jail.” Its subject was a man who escaped the city jail.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, city hall operations director

Notes/analysis: Photos with this story were 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 8:45 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, July 28, was titled “Congress lurches toward endgame compromise if competing plans fail.” Its subject was the status and opinion on the two competing plans regarding the “debt ceiling crisis.”

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, U.S. senator (D)
  2. Female, U.S. representative (R)
  3. Male, U.S. representative (R)
  4. Female, U.S. senator (D)
  5. Male, U.S. senator (R)
  6. Male, U.S. senator (D)

Notes/analysis: The story includes four mug shots — two of females and two of males.

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