Fake news is a big issue right now. News companies are in the pockets of mega-billionaires. Media bias, inaccurate reporting, and sensationalism are on everyone’s mind. 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.
What We Mean When We Say “Trustworthy”
Okay, let’s be candid here.
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 we 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 news, not-politically-motivated reporting. Yes, you can contest a reputation as it is also in flux always. It can’t be easily quantified (though we’ve cited sources where we can) and people will always have different opinions.
That being said, we stand by the assertions we make here. If you disagree, take to the comments and (civilly) tell us why. Also, note that we are presenting these credible news websites in alphabetical order and not ranking by trustworthiness.
A Note About AllSides
In many of the entries below, we mention AllSides ratings. The ratings are from AllSides.com, which dedicates itself 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. We 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. Yahoo! News
2. Google News
7. NBC News
8. Mail Online
10. The Guardian
12. ABC News
13. BBC News
14. USA Today
15. LA Times