These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate the American Press Institute Least Biased based on neutral low biased research and Very High for factual reporting due to being used as an information source by IFCN fact checkers.
Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 1946, The American Press Institute (API) is an educational non-advocacy 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with the News Media Alliance (formerly the Newspaper Association of America). According to their about page “The American Press Institute advances an innovative and sustainable news industry by helping publishers understand and engage audiences, grow revenue, improve public-service journalism, and succeed at organizational change.” The executive director is Tom Rosenstiel.
Funded by / Ownership
The American Press Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that receives funding from several sources, including philanthropic foundations. The following organizations have funded API: Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Democracy Fund, Knight Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A complete list of funding sources can be found here.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The American Press Institute provides news and research on how to produce the best journalism such as this: 7 characteristics of effective accountability journalists and this Americans and the News Media: What they do — and don’t — understand about each other. In general, API achieves exactly what they describe as their mission with minimal bias.
A factual search reveals they have never failed a fact check. In fact, API is used by IFCN fact checkers as an information source.
Overall, we rate the American Press Institute Least Biased based on neutral low biased research and Very High for factual reporting due to being used as an information source by IFCN fact checkers. (D. Van Zandt 2/16/2019)