Gender check: 8/18/11 – Midwest

*Gender Checks are quick examinations of gender representation in individual news articles for the purpose of discovering trends over time. Click hereto read more.

Website: St. Louis Post-Dispatch(stltoday.com)

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 6:30 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Aug. 18, was titled “St. Charles house fire claims fourth victim, an 8-year-old boy.” Its subject was deaths in a house fire that killed all but an 11-year-old son in a family of five.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, spokeswoman for hospital
  2. Female, spokeswoman for hospital (different than first)
  3. Male, fire captain


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 8/18/2011

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 6:30 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Aug. 18, was titled “Del Taco developer to prepare designs for restoration.” Its subject was efforts to restore a “flying saucer” building.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male (intern)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, developer and owner of the former Del Taco building
  2. Female, alderman
  3. Male, local business owner

Notes/analysis: Two photos accompany the story. One is a file photo by a male photographer and another is a file photo by a female intern.

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