Gender check: 11/10/11 – 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)

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:45 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Nov. 10, was titled “Lake of the Ozarks homes can stay.” Its subject was a decision by federal regulators that homes and structures on the shoreline that owners have valid deeds, easements or permits for would not have to be removed.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, commission chairman


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 11/10/2011

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:45 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Nov. 10, was titled “Nixon pushes ahead with MOSIRA, despite threat of lawsuit.” Its subject was the governor holding ceremonial signing ceremonies for the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act despite the prospect of litigation.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, governor
  2. Female, legislative liaison for Missouri Right to Life (opposing group)

Gender check: 10/6/11 – Midwest

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Website: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (stltoday.com)

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 7:20 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Oct. 6, was titled “Downtown part of 1-70 to close this weekend.” Its subject was details on a stretch of the interstate being closed this weekend to demolish a bridge.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, project director


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 10/6/2011

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 7:20 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Oct. 6, was titled “Lieutenant governor’s race is starting to draw a crowd.” Its subject was the lieutenant governor’s race in Missouri.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, political science professor
  2. Male, House speaker, candidate (R)
  3. Female, Democratic Party chairwoman, candidate
  4. Female, spokeswoman for the Department of Agriculture
  5. Female, third-party candidate

Notes/analysis: Neither of the two Democratic candidates (both women) had direct quotes in the story.

Gender check: 3/24/11 – Midwest

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Website: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (stltoday.com)

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 5:30 p.m. (MST) March 24, was titled “Tiny Missouri town is perfectly centered.” Its subject was a town being names the U.S.’s new population center.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, chairman of city’s board

2. Male, director of the Census Bureau

Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 5:30 p.m. (MST) March 24, was titled “Federal regulators say Midwest BankCentre’s fair lending record ‘needs to improve.’” Its subject was was the release of a fair lending performance review report that showed that a bank “needs to improve.”

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, chairman of the bank

2. Female, assistant director of equal housing opportunity council

Notes/analysis: The article quotes mainly from the report.

Gender check: 2/24/11 – Midwest

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Website: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (stltoday.com)

On the Stltoday, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 3:30 p.m. (MST) Thursday, Feb. 24, was titled “Missouri man pleads guilty in sex slave case.” Its subject was one of five defendants in the alleged sexual slavery and torture of a mentally disabled woman entering a guilty plea.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male and female, male is one of the co-defendants (couple “said”)

2. Male, defendant that entered guilty plea

3. Female, lawyer

Notes/analysis: This article continues a saga that’s been somewhat controversial since it came to light last fall. It involves accusations of sexual and physical torture over the course of five years, that a U.S. attorney referred to as “among the most horrific ever prosecuted” in the Western District of Missouri. But, at the same time, the alleged ring leader, his wife and many from their community are claiming that the woman was not in fact a sex slave but an active, consenting participant in the actions. They also debate whether she does have “mental deficiencies.” The story, particularly its original headline, on the doubts about the woman’s story also sparked its own drama.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 3 p.m. (MST) Thursday, Feb. 24, was titled “Monetary gains make solar power a more practical choice.” Its subject was solar energy and the current incentives offered to use it.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Female, of environmental coalition

2. Male, director of operations for chemical distributor

3. Male, of solar company

4. Male, home owner

5. Male, home owner

6. Male, home owner

7. Male, with solar company

Gender check: 1/27/11 – Midwest

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Website: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (stltoday.com)

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 2:30 p.m. (MST) Thursday, Jan. 27, was titled “No federal disaster aid for Missouri tornado victims.” Its subject was about a decision that victims of storms around New Year’s would not be receiving federal disaster aid.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, FEMA spokesman

2. Male, mayor

3. Male, governor (paraphrased)

4. Male, PIO for related agency (paraphrased)

Notes/analysis: All of the sources in the article were male. No comments were yet included from the actual victims of the storm.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 2:15 p.m. (MST) Thursday, Jan. 27, was titled “Educators welcome Obama’s emphasis on schools.” Its subject was local education officials’ responses and opinions on President Barack Obama’s comments about education in Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, U.S. president

2. Female, president of Missouri NEA

3. Male, dean of education at university

4. Male, executive director of charter school group

5. Female, state education commissioner

Notes/analysis: The article includes a balanced gender mix of state sources in education. The article also includes two mug shots — one of a female and one of a male source.