Gender check: 11/24/11 – 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 p.m. (PST) Thursday, Nov. 24, was titled “Battle looming over payday loan restrictions.” Its subject was a struggle over how much can interest can be charged for short-term payday loans in Missouri.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author:  Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, policy and development organizer for a pro-initiative group
  2. Female, state organizer
  3. Male, executive director of trade association

Notes/analysis: Prior to the first quoted source, three people are mentioned who could not be reached or declined to comment, including a male political consultant, male founder of opposing non-profit, and an unknown treasurer of committee receiving funds.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 11/24/2011

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:30 p.m. (PST) Thursday, Nov. 24 was titled “Back to the spillway: Getting the harvest in.” Its subject was harvest time for farmers whose land was part of the floodway impacted by a decision to breach the levee to alleviate flooding along the Mississippi River in May.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, farmer
  2. Male, regional agronomist
  3. Male, attorney representing property owners

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