Gender check: 1/19/12 – Midwest

Editor’s note: This post marks a full year of our Gender Check monitoring project. Stay tuned for details on what’s next.

*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)

Stltoday.com, 1/19/2012

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:15 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Jan. 19, was titled “Missouri still gets an ‘F’ on annual smoking report card.” Its subject was a report showing the states “failures” on smoking-related health issues.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

None.

Notes/analysis: The article cites a report from the American Lung Association.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:15 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Jan. 19, was titled “Pipeline rejection angers Republicans, pleases environmental groups.” Its subject was President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline project.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, U.S. president
  2. Male, U.S. representative (R)
  3. Female. U.S. senator (D)
  4. Male, U.S. representative (R)
  5. Male, U.S. senator (R)
  6. Female, U.S. senator (D)
  7. Male, company’s chief executive
  8. Male, U.S. representative (R)
  9. Male, U.S. representative (R)

Notes/analysis: The article includes two mugshots — one of a male source and one of a female source.

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