Trusted news sites

There is a wide variety of news readily available only, and of widely varying quality and consistency. I think that it’s wise to look around at different sources, and to remain skeptical about single source news.

One person’s trusted news site can  be another person’s fake news, but here’s a list of US orientated 13 Most Trusted News Sites You Should Bookmark.

A comment to start with:

We are in an age where we don’t trust the people reporting the news.

Despite all this, there are some trustworthy news sources out there. You just have to know where to look.

This is going to be a controversial article, no matter which news sites we suggest. Some people will disagree with the ones we choose. Others will be offended that I didn’t include their favorite media outlets.

Unfortunately, there’s no objective metric of trustworthiness. Most of the sites you’ll see listed made their way onto this list because they’ve developed a solid reputation for unbiased, not-politically-motivated reporting.

Allsides.com

In many of the entries below, I mention AllSides ratings. These are from AllSides.com, a site dedicated to exposing bias and providing multiple perspectives on issues. The site determines its ratings in a number of ways — you can read about them here.

AllSides is itself a great place to get news, as it clearly labels each story as left-leaning, center, or right-leaning. I highly recommend it when you want to see what different people are saying about the same issue. It’s eye-opening and can help you learn to pick out news bias elsewhere.

1. Associated Press News

AP is a non-profit, has no corporate sponsorship, and is not government-funded. The crowd-sourced bias rating at AllSides is “center,” so it generally doesn’t favor a left- or right-leaning view of the world. While you’ll most often see AP cited in other news outlets, you can get news directly from the source.

2. BBC

The British Broadcasting Corporation is the largest broadcaster in the world. The British government funds the organization and so it is not beholden to corporate interests. BBC has a history of over 90 years with a well-earned reputation for accurate, unbiased reporting.

The BBC’s reputation is a strong one. It was one of the most highly rated in the Pew Research Center’s 2014 trustworthiness study, with all groups except the consistently conservative rating is as more trusted than distrusted.

3. Brief.news

It summarizes many of the day’s important news stories and presents them in very short, concise snippets. While the site hasn’t been around long enough to develop much of a reputation, Dave van Zandt at Media Bias/Fact Check News rates it as one of the “least biased” news sources.

4. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Though it has a focus on politics, the Bureau’s stories will likely be of interest to people even outside the British political beat. As a non-profit, independent media organization, it has few ties to groups that might influence its political leanings.

A look at their major investigations does show that many of their stories focus on issues that are generally of more interest to the left. The group prides itself on fact-based reporting, however, and does pull together a lot of data to support their claims.

5. The Christian Science Monitor

They run fewer stories, but those stories tend to be very in-depth. The publication was originally founded in response to the sensationalist press of the early 1990s, and it’s maintained a strong reputation over 100 years later, maintaining its independence from mainstream media corporation.

Both their daily edition and weekly version cost, so probably not a great option from New Zealand.

6. The Economist

Although AllSides states that the Economist tends to lean left, it does have a reputation for high-quality reporting. Throughout its history, the Economist has championed issues on both sides of the political spectrum. Today, it does tend to have a bit more of a left lean.

7. NPR

NPR has a reputation for journalistic excellence. They’re invested in continued government funding, but they remain free of corporate bias. The Pew survey shows that conservatives tend to mistrust NPR, but its journalistic acumen is high. It’s known for rejecting sensationalism, issuing corrections when necessary, and fair reporting.

8. ProPublica

 Like the AP, ProPublica is a non-profit, non-government-funded news organization. The fact that it was the first online news organization to win a Pulitzer Prize also gives it some credence (it’s gone on to win several more since then).

This is a smaller organization than some of the others mentioned on this list, but it’s absolutely worth checking out.

9. Reuters

Like the AP, other news outlets often cite Reuters — and that’s largely because it has a long and solid reputation for good reporting. The organization is owned by Thomson Reuters. This gives it added resistance to corporate influence. Reuters strives to use a “value-neutral approach” to guard against bias in its reporting

Their Handbook of Journalism is a great resource for anyone reporting the news, and Reuters editors hold their journalists to its tenets.

10. USA Today

It’s read all over the world and is a major source of news for millions of people every day. The op-eds in USA Today are clearly labeled, and present a range of viewpoints (a refreshing change from the opinion pieces in some other publications).

11. The Wall Street Journal

The Journal has consistently ranked as highly trusted in the United States, even after its takeover by News Corp. AllSides gives it a strong center rating, and it was the only outlet more trusted than distrusted by all groups in the 2014 Pew survey. It’s important to note that the news and opinions section of WSJ have a strictly enforced separation, and that op-eds tend to have a very strong right-leaning bias. Despite that, the news (especially financial news) published by the outlet is of high quality.

Bonus: FAIR

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting is a watchdog group that writes about media bias. They publish a number of remarkably stinging critiques of current news practices.

AllSides gives them a provisional center rating. On their homepage at the time of this writing are articles that critique CNN, the AP, and Roger Ailes (founder of Fox News). They don’t hold back, and no one is safe from their rhetoric.

 

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