Measuring women’s participation in journalism once meant sitting down
with a stack of newspapers and counting bylines by hand. That’s no
longer the case, thanks to computer programs that use big data to
examine gender biases in sourcing, story placement and even retweets.
The results so far are grim, with women remaining chronically
underrepresented in many aspects of news. But the creators of the new
tools hope the information they collect will help journalists assess
their habits, and perhaps change them.