Gender check: 10/6/11 – 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 7:20 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Oct. 6, was titled “Downtown part of 1-70 to close this weekend.” Its subject was details on a stretch of the interstate being closed this weekend to demolish a bridge.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, project director


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 10/6/2011

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 7:20 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Oct. 6, was titled “Lieutenant governor’s race is starting to draw a crowd.” Its subject was the lieutenant governor’s race in Missouri.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, political science professor
  2. Male, House speaker, candidate (R)
  3. Female, Democratic Party chairwoman, candidate
  4. Female, spokeswoman for the Department of Agriculture
  5. Female, third-party candidate

Notes/analysis: Neither of the two Democratic candidates (both women) had direct quotes in the story.

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