Gender check: 12/1/11 – 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 8:40 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 1, was titled “Pickup driver killed after slamming into firetruck on I-70 in St. Peters.” Its subject was the death of a man whose truck crashed into the back of a firetruck.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author:  Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, assistant fire chief
  2. Female, aunt of the deceased


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 12/1/2011

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:40 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 1 was titled “Judges unveil new boundary lines for Missouri House and Senate.” Its subject was redistricting for the state legislature.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author:  Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, aide to female state senator
  2. Female, judge who headed commission
  3. Male, union official
  4. Male, former state House speaker
  5. Male, Republican consultant

Notes/analysis: The article includes six mugshots — four of males and two of females.

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