Gender check: 12/15/11 – 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 8:25 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 15, was titled “Lake Saint Louis man killed when logging equipment falls from truck.” Its subject was a man who was fatally injured when logging equipment fell from a truck directly into his path and his car hit it head on.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, police master sgt.
  2. Female, chief operating officer for the work place of the deceased

Notes/analysis:


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 12/15/2011

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:25 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 15, was titled “‘Farm dust’ debate highlights wider battle over regulations.” Its subject was a Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (R)
  2. Male, U.S. representative (D)
  3. Unknown, another Democrat
  4. Male, U.S. senator (R)
  5. Male, U.S. representative (R)
  6. Male, U.S. House Democratic Whip
  7. Male, law professor and vp of network of law professors working on regulatory policy
  8. Male, head of regulatory research at nonprofit think tank
  9. Male, professor of economics
  10. Male, U.S. representative (R)
  11. Male, regulations czar to president
  12. Female, EPA administrator
  13. Male, U.S. representative
  14. Male, farmers union president
  15. Female, U.S. senator

Notes/analysis: The article also cites a number of studies and group statements. It included four mugshots, one of which was of a female source. The main photo, which was taken by a female photographer, featured a male farmer and his crew.

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