Gender check: 1/5/12 – 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 10:10 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Jan. 5, was titled “Quinn signs law to end pension double-dipping in Illinois teacher unions.” Its subject was a pension-reform measure.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. None.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 1/5/2012

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:10 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Jan. 5, was titled “Missouri legislature opens, with last session’s issues at top of agenda.” Its subject was the Missouri legislature.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, state Senate appropriations chairman
  2. Male, state Senate president pro tem
  3. Male, state House speaker
  4. Male, state House minority leader
  5. Male, state Senate majority leader
  6. Male, state senator

Notes/analysis: The article includes three photos taken by the male author. The two with identifiable people both feature male subjects.

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