Gender check: 9/1/11 – 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 8:45 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Sept. 1, was titled “East St. Louis mother killed two children, fled, say police.” Its subject was a woman arrested after she allegedly shot her two youngest children and hit three pedestrians with her car.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, police captain
  2. Female, cousin of the suspect
  3. Male, lt. with state police
  4. Female, of TV station


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 9//1/11

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:45 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Sept. 1, was titled “McCaskill brands wartime waste ‘disgusting’ at time of budget cuts.” Its subject was a report on wartime contracting.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, U.S. senator (D)
  2. Male, co-chair of commission that created the report
  3. Male, co-chair of commission

Notes/analysis: The article contains one mug shot, of a female, as well as an image from Afghanistan featuring a group of males.

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