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Gender-Identifying Writing Bots

The 'She Said He Said' Bot Helps Editors Showcase Women

— November 16, 2018 — Tech
In an attempt to better represent gender diversity in its reporting the Financial Times is using the 'She Said He Said' bot to warn journalists if they've quoted men in their articles. According to a Financial Times spokesperson, "Editors and reporters are now becoming more aware of the gender split within their stories," and are now doing everything they can to "increase the number of female voices in FT articles."

The decision to use the 'She Said He Said' bot came as the Financial Times found that only 21 percent of its sources quoted women in its articles. The bot itself analyzes pronouns and first names to determine a source's gender. Notifications are then sent to an editor if they do not feature enough women in the stories they handle.


Image Credit: Peter Nicholls/Reuters
Trend Themes
1. Gender Diversity - There is a growing trend in the media industry to increase the representation of women in articles and diversify the sources quoted.
2. Automated Gender Analysis - The use of AI bots, like the 'She Said He Said' bot, to analyze pronouns and first names in articles is becoming more common to identify gender imbalances.
3. Conscious Reporting - Editors and reporters are becoming more conscious of the gender split within their stories and actively working to increase the number of female voices.
Industry Implications
1. Media - Media organizations, such as the Financial Times, are leveraging gender-identifying bots to improve their reporting and address gender diversity.
2. Artificial Intelligence - The use of AI technologies to analyze text and determine gender is an area of growth within the artificial intelligence industry.
3. Journalism - The journalism industry is adapting its practices to ensure a more equal representation of gender in articles and sources quoted.
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