These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate the Akron Beacon Journal Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: 45/180
Founded in 1839, the Akron Beacon Journal is a morning newspaper in Ohio, United States. It is the sole daily newspaper in Akron and is distributed throughout Northeast Ohio. The paper places a strong emphasis on local news and business. The current editor is Michael Shearer.
Funded by / Ownership
The Akron Beacon Journal is owned by Gannett (Gatehouse Media), which publishes USA Today. In August 2019, Gatehouse Media purchased and merged with Gannett becoming the largest newspaper chain in the USA. After the merger, the companies retained the Gannett name. The newspaper is funded through advertising and paid subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Akron Beacon Journal covers news, sports, lifestyle, and entertainment for the greater Akron, Ohio area. Local news is reported with minimal loaded emotional language such as this City of Akron launches Racial Equity and Social Justice Task Force. National and international news comes from other Gannett publications and the Associated Press.
Editorially, the Akron Beacon Journal traditionally endorses Democratic candidates. Additionally, op-eds also tend to moderately favor the left Editorial: What will it take to reduce violence in Akron?. In general, the news is reported factually and with moderate left-leaning bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Akron Beacon Journal Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 10/7/2016) Updated (8/20/2020)
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