Gender check: 12/29/11 – 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)

“U.S. announces $30 billion F-15 fighter jet deal with Saudi Arabia” – Stltoday.com, 12/29/2011

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11:25 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 29, was titled “U.S. announces $30 billion F-15 fighter jet deal with Saudi Arabia.” Its subject was a deal to sell fighter jets to Saudi Arabia that is manufactured at a local facility.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, association spokesman
  2. Male, White House’s principal deputy press secretary
  3. Male, company chairman, president and CEO
  4. Male, defense analyst
  5. Male, U.S. representative


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11:25 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 29, was titled “Debate continues over school choice, deseg program carries on.” Its subject was the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, superintendent
  2. Male, chief executive of the choice corporation
  3. Female, state representative
  4. Female, high school senior

Notes/analysis: The article includes mug shots of all four sources — two male and two female.

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