Gender check: 9/8/11 – 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)

"Economic legacies of 9/11 loom large in St. Louis" - Stltoday.com, 9/8/2011

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:50 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Sept. 8, was titled “Economic legacies of 9/11 loom large in St. Louis.” Its subject was a look at the impact of 9/11 on the economy.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, was director of regional leadership council
  2. Male, university economist
  3. Male, bank president
  4. Female, airport director
  5. Male, CEO of airline
  6. Male, longtime economic development official
  7. Male, defense analyst at a brokerage

Notes/analysis: The article includes five photos. In four photos, the gender of individuals is discernible through the help of captions. Three of the images feature males solely (one military and two construction) and one image focuses on two female military members but also includes males.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:50 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Sept. 8, was titled “Missouri senators adjourn until Monday in effort to save economic package.” Its subject was an economic development package. The first two sources are part of the update to the story listed first followed by the original story in full.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, state Senate president pro tem (R)
  2. Male, state senator (R)
  3. Female, chair of group Show-me Patriots
  4. Male, St. Louis mayor
  5. Male, director of a Tea-party aligned group
  6. Male, housing director for senior services
  7. Male, state senator (D)
  8. Male, state senator (R)
  9. Male, state senator, committee chair (R)
  10. Male, chief executive of Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  11. Male, state senator (R)
  12. Male, state senator (R)
  13. Male, state senator (R)
  14. Male, head of K & N Patriots

Notes/analysis: A female state senator was mentioned with source No. 8, but was not given her own statement or quote as was the male source. Two mugshots with the story were both of males. The two photos with the story featured a mix of males and females.

Gender check: 7/5/11 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

Seattle Times, 7/5/2011

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:30 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, July 5, was titled “Black Diamond split over big growth plans.” Its subject was debate over a large development.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, developer
  2. Male, resident
  3. Female, mayor
  4. Female, opponent
  5. Male, resident (former mayor)
  6. Male, company’s chief entitlement officer
  7. Male, council member
  8. Male, city manager
  9. Male, council member
  10. Male, development and environmental services director

Notes/analysis: Four photos appear with the piece, taken by a female photographer. Two feature a single male (and story source) and one features a single female (and story source). The fourth is an image of a town landmark.


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:30 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, July 7, was titled “Tuesday’s commute could be gridlock with Lions Club convention.” Its subject was officials getting the word out about traffic in light of the largest convention in Seattle in “at least two decades.”

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, WSDOT spokeswoman
  2. Male, Seattle DOT spokesman
  3. Female, Metro spokeswoman

Gender check: 5/31/11 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:45 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, May 31, was titled “Developers cash in on tax breaks in vogue neighborhoods.” Its subject was concerns with a city program to encourage affordable housing.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Female, city council member

2. Male, executive director of organization

3. Male, city council member

4. Female, state senator

5. Male, city council member

6. Female, city’s program manager

7. Male, housing director

Notes/analysis: Three of the nine Seattle City Council members are female.


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:45 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, May 31, was titled “Home prices tick up in Seattle from February low.” Its subject was a slight increase in home prices in Seattle from earlier this year.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, chairman in report

2. Male, senior economist at bank

3. Male, U.S. economist

4. Female, analyst