Gender check: 10/13/11 – 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)

"Missouri legislators pledge to push child care safety" - Stltoday.com, 10/13/2011

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:40 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Oct. 13, was titled “Missouri legislators pledge to push child care safety.” Its subject was a pledge by legislators to put two child care safety measures up in the next session.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, state senator (R)
  2. Female, state representative (D)
  3. Male, governor
  4. Female, former state representative (R)
  5. Male, state representative (R)
  6. Female, chief executive officer of Child Care Aware of Missouri

Notes/analysis: The article notes that this response came after a series by the Post-Dispatch that “detailed 45 mostly preventable deaths in Missouri child care facilities from 2007 through 2010.” That series is called “Deadly Day Cares.”


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:40 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Oct. 13, was titled “Internship program helps introduce high school students to world of work.” It was a feature on an internship program that is getting ready to celebrate 20 years.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, lawyer (program’s inspiration)
  2. Female, program director
  3. Female, junior (participant)
  4. Male, with company involved with the program

Notes/analysis: Article includes two mugshots, both of the story’s female sources.

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