Gender check: 12/15/11 – 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 8:25 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 15, was titled “Lake Saint Louis man killed when logging equipment falls from truck.” Its subject was a man who was fatally injured when logging equipment fell from a truck directly into his path and his car hit it head on.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, police master sgt.
  2. Female, chief operating officer for the work place of the deceased

Notes/analysis:


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 12/15/2011

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:25 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 15, was titled “‘Farm dust’ debate highlights wider battle over regulations.” Its subject was a Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (R)
  2. Male, U.S. representative (D)
  3. Unknown, another Democrat
  4. Male, U.S. senator (R)
  5. Male, U.S. representative (R)
  6. Male, U.S. House Democratic Whip
  7. Male, law professor and vp of network of law professors working on regulatory policy
  8. Male, head of regulatory research at nonprofit think tank
  9. Male, professor of economics
  10. Male, U.S. representative (R)
  11. Male, regulations czar to president
  12. Female, EPA administrator
  13. Male, U.S. representative
  14. Male, farmers union president
  15. Female, U.S. senator

Notes/analysis: The article also cites a number of studies and group statements. It included four mugshots, one of which was of a female source. The main photo, which was taken by a female photographer, featured a male farmer and his crew.

Gender check: 12/8/11 – Midwest

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

Stltoday.com, 12/8/2011

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:25 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 8, was titled “Pujols to sign with Angels.” Its subject was the Cardinals lose their offensive centerpiece to the Los Angeles Angels.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Unknown, “familiar with the bid”
  2. Male, chief executive, and male, general manager

Notes/analysis: Re: #2: Both men are cited as having “alternated describing their posture as ‘hopeful’ of retaining Pujols.”

 

Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:25 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 8, was titled “Health system reform moves forward despite controversy and legal challenge.” Its subject was health care reform.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, acting administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  2. Female, nurse practitioner and professor of nursing
  3. Female, senior vice president at SSM Health Care
  4. Male, regional vice president at SSM Health Care-St. Louis
  5. Female, executive director of area business health coalition
  6. Male, spokesperson for the state hospital association
  7. Female, spokesperson for Missouri Health Connection
  8. Female, project director of the center for health policy at university

Notes/analysis: The article contains three mugshots – two of female sources and one of a male source.

Gender check: 12/1/11 – 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 8:40 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 1, was titled “Pickup driver killed after slamming into firetruck on I-70 in St. Peters.” Its subject was the death of a man whose truck crashed into the back of a firetruck.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author:  Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, assistant fire chief
  2. Female, aunt of the deceased


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 12/1/2011

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 8:40 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Dec. 1 was titled “Judges unveil new boundary lines for Missouri House and Senate.” Its subject was redistricting for the state legislature.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author:  Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, aide to female state senator
  2. Female, judge who headed commission
  3. Male, union official
  4. Male, former state House speaker
  5. Male, Republican consultant

Notes/analysis: The article includes six mugshots — four of males and two of females.

Gender check: 11/24/11 – 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 10:30 p.m. (PST) Thursday, Nov. 24, was titled “Battle looming over payday loan restrictions.” Its subject was a struggle over how much can interest can be charged for short-term payday loans in Missouri.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author:  Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, policy and development organizer for a pro-initiative group
  2. Female, state organizer
  3. Male, executive director of trade association

Notes/analysis: Prior to the first quoted source, three people are mentioned who could not be reached or declined to comment, including a male political consultant, male founder of opposing non-profit, and an unknown treasurer of committee receiving funds.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon, 11/24/2011

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:30 p.m. (PST) Thursday, Nov. 24 was titled “Back to the spillway: Getting the harvest in.” Its subject was harvest time for farmers whose land was part of the floodway impacted by a decision to breach the levee to alleviate flooding along the Mississippi River in May.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, farmer
  2. Male, regional agronomist
  3. Male, attorney representing property owners

Gender check: 11/17/11 – Midwest

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

Stltoday.com, 11/17/2011

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:40 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Nov. 17, was titled “Mizzou football coach Gary Pinkel arrested, suspected of DWI.” Its subject was a football coach arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, sheriff’s major
  2. Male, coach (suspect)
  3. Male, athletic director


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:40 a.m. (PST) Thursday, Nov. 17, was titled “Local E. coli outbreak has peaked, source of bacteria still unknown, say officials.” Its subject was an E. coli outbreak still under investigation.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, spokeswoman for department of health and senior services
  2. Female, CDC epidemiologist