Gender check: 12/22/11 – 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 11:30 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 22, was titled “2nd bacterial infection reported in Missouri baby.” Its subject was an investigation into a link between a baby’s death and another’s infection and the formula powder they were fed.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Associated Press – No name

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

No named sources.

Notes/analysis: The articles references a statement by the Missouri Department of Health.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 12/22/2011

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11:30 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 22, was titled “Coming to terms with term limits.” Its subject was effects of term limits in the Missouri Legislature.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author:  Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, state Senate president pro tem
  2. Male, state House speaker
  3. Male, research associate professor
  4. Female, state representative
  5. Male, state senator
  6. Male, state senator

Notes/analysis: The article includes two mugshots, both of male sources.

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