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.

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

Gender check: 1/5/12 – 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 10:10 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Jan. 5, was titled “Quinn signs law to end pension double-dipping in Illinois teacher unions.” Its subject was a pension-reform measure.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. None.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 1/5/2012

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:10 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Jan. 5, was titled “Missouri legislature opens, with last session’s issues at top of agenda.” Its subject was the Missouri legislature.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, state Senate appropriations chairman
  2. Male, state Senate president pro tem
  3. Male, state House speaker
  4. Male, state House minority leader
  5. Male, state Senate majority leader
  6. Male, state senator

Notes/analysis: The article includes three photos taken by the male author. The two with identifiable people both feature male subjects.

Gender check: 12/29/11 – 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)

“U.S. announces $30 billion F-15 fighter jet deal with Saudi Arabia” – Stltoday.com, 12/29/2011

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11:25 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 29, was titled “U.S. announces $30 billion F-15 fighter jet deal with Saudi Arabia.” Its subject was a deal to sell fighter jets to Saudi Arabia that is manufactured at a local facility.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, association spokesman
  2. Male, White House’s principal deputy press secretary
  3. Male, company chairman, president and CEO
  4. Male, defense analyst
  5. Male, U.S. representative


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11:25 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 29, was titled “Debate continues over school choice, deseg program carries on.” Its subject was the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, superintendent
  2. Male, chief executive of the choice corporation
  3. Female, state representative
  4. Female, high school senior

Notes/analysis: The article includes mug shots of all four sources — two male and two female.

Gender check: 12/22/11 – 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 11:30 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 22, was titled “2nd bacterial infection reported in Missouri baby.” Its subject was an investigation into a link between a baby’s death and another’s infection and the formula powder they were fed.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Associated Press – No name

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

No named sources.

Notes/analysis: The articles references a statement by the Missouri Department of Health.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 12/22/2011

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11:30 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 22, was titled “Coming to terms with term limits.” Its subject was effects of term limits in the Missouri Legislature.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author:  Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, state Senate president pro tem
  2. Male, state House speaker
  3. Male, research associate professor
  4. Female, state representative
  5. Male, state senator
  6. Male, state senator

Notes/analysis: The article includes two mugshots, both of male sources.