In 2018, only 56% of Americans said that mainstream media covered news accurately, according to the Pew Research Center—a percentage that has likely decreased since the study was conducted. When you search “unbiased news” on Google, the first several results are sites trying to gain user traffic, littered with advertisements and requests for donations. Looking for truly unbiased news coverage means navigating a minefield of money grabs and hidden agendas. It’s very easy, especially for less conscientious consumers, to find so-called “bipartisan” sources promoting harmful beliefs and borderline conspiracy theories.
Every source has bias, purposeful or not. Traditional television news channels in the United States are famously partisan in their viewership, and the newspapers that still circulate widely have gained the same reputation. However, there are some sources that make it their mission to produce truly unbiased news coverage. It’s important to evaluate sources, whether they’re on this list or not, but this list is attempting to provide options for less biased news.
RocaNews: A social media-based news company can raise red flags, but with increasing numbers of young adults getting their news coverage almost exclusively on social media, providing unbiased news on social media is becoming more important. This Instagram-based company is a less biased alternative to following politicians or traditional media companies. They say that “the news shouldn’t be alarmist and partisan: It should be nonpartisan, balanced, and informative.” Their coverage can be surface-level, but they have newsletters that dig deeper than their Instagram posts. Their comments on Instagram are filled with people from both ends of the political spectrum, demonstrating that they haven’t formed an echo chamber.
1440: Another online company, 1440 claims that their daily newsletters go out to a readership that “spans the political spectrum, with roughly 33% affiliated with the left, 33% with the right, and 33% as independent.” They have funded partner posts, but their sponsors are obviously disclosed and easy to skip over. In their articles, they link sources directly and provide background information on news that might be confusing.
Associated Press: The most well-known news organization on this list, the AP was founded in 1846. They represent themselves as “an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting.” They are trusted by most Americans for election coverage and were 99.9% accurate in calling elections in 2020 (100% accurate in presidential and congressional coverage). They also have a specific section of their website that fact-checks common news misinformation.
Wikinews: Run by the Wikimedia Foundation, the parent company of Wikipedia, Wikinews is composed of articles by independent users. This means that personal fact-checking is important. However, articles are also looked at by editors and taken down if they aren’t factual. Reading a news source by independent authors is a good exercise in fact-checking and critical thinking, and almost all the articles on Wikinews are true and high-quality.
In the “misinformation age,” it’s more important than ever to view news critically. Hopefully, this list can provide less biased sources to those who are tired of partisan spin and bias.