Gender check: 8/4/11 – 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 10:30 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Aug. 4, was titled “Justice Department files MSD settlement.” Its subject was a settlement requiring the sewer district to make “extensive” improvements.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, spokeswoman for attorney general

Notes/analysis: The article also cites two spokesmen who declined to comment.

Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 8/4/2011

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:30 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Aug. 4, was titled “Students make gains in MAP scores, but schools still fall far short of leaving no child behind.” Its subject was education officials responses to test results.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, assistant commissioner for the office of quality schools
  2. Male, U.S. Education Secretary
  3. Female, a school district’s executive director of assessment
  4. Male, superintendent
  5. Male, coordinator for grants

Notes/analysis: The article includes two mugshots — one of a male and one of a female source.

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