Gender check: 6/9/11 – 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 12:30 p.m. (PST) Thursday, June 9, was titled “Medic critically injured in flurry of gunfire in University City.” Its subject was a fire department medic shot during gunfire outside a laundromat.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, fire captain

2. Male, city police captain

3. Male, fire captain

Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 12:30 p.m. (PST) Thursday, June 9, was titled “Electronic medical records prove to be critical in Joplin disaster.” Its subject was access to medical records in the aftermath of the Joplin tornado.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, patient

2. Male, chief of technology services company

Notes/analysis: The photo with the story showing hospital services features a number of people, mostly females, though none were quoted in the story.

Gender check: 4/19/11 – West

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Website: Seattle Times

On the Seattle Times, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 1:30 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, April 19, was titled “Volunteer cleanup in parks seen by city union as threat.” Its subject was union officials for city parks-maintenance works raising concerns about offers of a local businessman for his company to do volunteer cleanup work.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1. Male, president trash-collection company

2. Male, attorney for union

3. Male, spokesman for mayor

4. Male, business agent for union

5. Female, chief of staff for mayor (via letter)

6. Male, acting HR director for transportation department (via letter)

7. Male, acting parks superintendent

Notes/analysis: The only female mentioned in this story is quoted from a letter that the union got a hold of that was sent to a male transportation director.


Website: Seattle P-I

On the Seattle P-I, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 1:30 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, April 19, was titled “Charge: Despondent Kent man pointed rifle at police before he was shot.” Its subject was charges against a man who was shot by police after being armed with an assault rifle and pointing it at one of the officers.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

1.Male, detective

2. Female, senior deputy prosecuting attorney