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: 11/3/11 – Midwest

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

“Scott Air Force Base to cut 321 civilian jobs” – Stltoday.com, 11/3/2011

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Nov. 3, was titled “Scott Air Force Base to cut 321 civilian jobs.” Its subject was cuts to civilian jobs at an Air Force base.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Staff

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, base spokeswoman
  2. Male, installation commander


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Nov. 3, was titled “’Burn pits’ registry demanded by vets who claim disease links.” Its subject was vets alleging maladies from burn pits used at bases and seeking the creation of a database of symptoms to be used by researchers.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, former Army human resources officer in Iraq and leader of group

Notes/analysis: The story also quotes from a recently released report.

Gender check: 10/27/11 – 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 11 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Oct. 27, was titled “St. Louis board strips permit from sadomasochism club.”

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author:  Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, neighborhood association president
  2. Male, owner
  3. Male, alderman

Website: St. Louis Beacon

"'Billy Elliot': Why are we terrified of men in tights?" - St. Louis Beacon, 10/27/2011

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Oct. 27, was titled “’Billy Elliot’: Why are we terrified of men in tights?.” Its subject was about “Billy Elliot the Musical” and challenging male gender stereotypes.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, resident choreographer
  2. Male, psychotherapist
  3. Male, of a dance company
  4. Male, screenwriter and playwright
  5. Male, dancer

Notes/analysis: This article is actually about challenging gender stereotypes toward men regarding dancing and literature.

Gender check: 10/20/11 – Midwest

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

Stltoday.com, 10/20/2011

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:10 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Oct. 20, was titled “Prep work at Busch Stadium begins before dawn.” Its subject was a day in the life of the stadium.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male and female shared byline

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, stadium worker
  2. Male, regional executive chef
  3. Female, executive chef
  4. Male, chef
  5. Male, stadium worker
  6. Male, Rangers fan
  7. Male, Rangers fan
  8. Male, camera operator
  9. Male, ballpark cam tech
  10. Male, stadium worker, deliverer
  11. Male, district sales manager
  12. Male, senior VP for standards and on-field operations
  13. Male, one-man ticket brokerage
  14. Male, autograph hunter
  15. Male, baseball writer
  16. Male, camped out
  17. Male, broadcaster
  18. Male, special instructor coach

Notes/analysis: This article goes to show what a man’s world baseball must be. However, two of three photos with people who can be identified feature females.


Website: St. Louis Beacon

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:10 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Oct. 20, was titled “McCaskill presses Pentagon to make changes to curb wasteful contracting.” Its subject was pressure put on to put into place recommendations regarding fraud and waste in wartime contracting.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, U.S. senator (D)
  2. Male, Pentagon undersecretary in charge of acquisition
  3. Male, joint staffs logistics director
  4. Male and female (joint statement), contracting commission members

Notes/analysis: The article includes one mug shot, of the main female source.

Gender check: 10/13/11 – Midwest

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

"Missouri legislators pledge to push child care safety" - Stltoday.com, 10/13/2011

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:40 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Oct. 13, was titled “Missouri legislators pledge to push child care safety.” Its subject was a pledge by legislators to put two child care safety measures up in the next session.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, state senator (R)
  2. Female, state representative (D)
  3. Male, governor
  4. Female, former state representative (R)
  5. Male, state representative (R)
  6. Female, chief executive officer of Child Care Aware of Missouri

Notes/analysis: The article notes that this response came after a series by the Post-Dispatch that “detailed 45 mostly preventable deaths in Missouri child care facilities from 2007 through 2010.” That series is called “Deadly Day Cares.”


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. (PDT) Thursday, Oct. 13, was titled “Internship program helps introduce high school students to world of work.” It was a feature on an internship program that is getting ready to celebrate 20 years.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, lawyer (program’s inspiration)
  2. Female, program director
  3. Female, junior (participant)
  4. Male, with company involved with the program

Notes/analysis: Article includes two mugshots, both of the story’s female sources.