How understanding the implications of unconscious bias can deepen reporting on race, identity and inequality

 

Through experts in the field at Stanford, I learned about the role cognitive biases play in our daily interactions. Some of my training includes an immersive course through the Clayman Institute for Gender Research,  where I learned the framework for teaching implications of implicit bias within teams and workplaces.

I also worked with Dr. Alana Conner, executive director of SPARQ (Social Psychological Answers to Real-world Questions) and Dr. Magali Fassiotto with Stanford Medicine to gain a better understanding of how implicit bias plays out in our processing of social interactions and information. I also met regularly with undergraduates at both Stanford and San Jose State University — where they gave me key insights into how perceived bias in news coverage steers their news consumption habits.

In addition, I conducted a survey of journalists from around the country to gain insights on some of the challenges they face in producing unbiased work.

As a result of this year of research and training, fellow Jenée Desmond-Harris and I teamed up to create an implicit bias seminar for KQED in San Francisco called, “Who Me, Biased? How to Deepen Reporting on Race, Identity and Inequality.” We are now building on our seminar for newsrooms around the world.