In 2015, Tonya Mosley was awarded a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. She spent her fellowship year using Stanford insights and expertise to create an interactive workshop for journalists on the implications of unconscious bias and how it is reflected in their work.
Through experts in the field at Stanford, Tonya learned about the role cognitive biases play in our daily interactions. Some of Tonya’s training includes an immersive course through the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, insights from Dr. Alana Conner, executive director of SPARQ (Social Psychological Answers to Real-world Questions) and Dr. Magali Fassiotto with Stanford Medicine — all gave Mosley a better understanding of how implicit bias plays out in our processing of social interactions and information. In addition, she conducted a survey of journalists from around the country to gain insights on some of the challenges they face in producing unbiased work. Mosely and fellow Jenée Desmond-Harris have teamed up to create an implicit bias seminar called “Who Me, Biased? How to Deepen Reporting on Race, Identity and Inequality.” Post-fellowship, they are presenting the curriculum at conferences, journalism schools, and newsrooms around the world.