Gender check: 1/12/12 – 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 8:30 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Jan. 12, was titled “’Knockout’ game victim enraged that young suspects walked free.” Its subject was the dropping of a case against seven middle schoolers who allegedly assaulted a man after the key witness failed to show.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female (1) and male (1)

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, court spokesman
  2. Male, victim
  3. Female, police spokeswoman
  4. Male, mayor
  5. Female, girlfriend of different victim

Notes/analysis: The story includes four photos of the male victim.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 1/12/12

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:30 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Jan. 12, was titled “Take 5: Dr. Patricia Wolff on Haiti two years after earthquake.” Its subject was a Q&A with a pediatrician who started a non-profit in Haiti in 2003.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, pediatrician and main subject
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