Evaluation Template – Bias and Credibility

Source Evaluation Form

Please fill out as much of this form as possible. Always provide hyperlinks to credible (high factual) media sources to support your evaluation. Link to anything that is not your own words. We will further evaluate this information, make changes accordingly and put it into report format on the website. Before attempting to review a source please understand our methodology and scoring: Methodology. Here are links to sample reviews: ABC12News (Simple) Fox News (Detailed).


[contact-form to=”editor@mediabiasfactcheck.com” subject=”Source Evaluation Form”][contact-field label=”Source being reviewed” type=”name”][contact-field label=”Source Domain” type=”url”][contact-field label=”Year Founded/Launched” type=”name”][contact-field label=”Who founded it?” type=”name”][contact-field label=”Brief description of the source in your words.” type=”textarea”][contact-field label=”Does the source have and about page or mission?” type=”select” options=”Yes,No”][contact-field label=”If yes, what do they say about themselves?” type=”text”][contact-field label=”Does the source disclose their authors?” type=”select” options=”Yes,No”][contact-field label=”If yes, do they provide bios or information on the author?” type=”select” options=”Yes,No”][contact-field label=”Who is the current Editor?” type=”name”][contact-field label=”List any other important people associated with the source and what they do/did?” type=”text”][contact-field label=”List any other important dates or controversies in their history.” type=”text”][contact-field label=”Who owns the source?” type=”name”][contact-field label=”A brief description of the owners.” type=”text”][contact-field label=”Political affiliation of owners, with evidence provided to support the claim.” type=”text”][contact-field label=”How is the source funded (ads, donations, sales, etc)” type=”text”][contact-field label=”What type of news or information does this source publish?” type=”text”][contact-field label=”Does the source use loaded emotional wording that favors one side over the other? Provide examples and hyperlink to them.” type=”text”][contact-field label=”Are news stories properly sourced or not. Provide examples of sources they link to.” type=”text”][contact-field label=”Review Op-Ed’s. Who do they favor and give examples.” type=”text”][contact-field label=”Do they endorse candidates? If so, please provide evidence to whom they favor.” type=”text”][contact-field label=”What do other credible sources say about this source?” type=”text”][contact-field label=”Have they failed any fact checks by IFCN fact checkers” type=”text”][contact-field label=”Overall summary and final rating. For example: Overall, we rate Xyz123 strongly Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that almost always favor Liberal causes. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting due to reasonable sourcing and fact check record. However, due to the use of sensational headlines and loaded wording, as well as not strictly adhering to the consensus of science with GMO’s, we cannot rate them High for factual reporting.” type=”text”][contact-field label=”From 0 – 10 rate biased wording and headlines. 0 = None 10= Extreme” type=”select” options=”0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10″][contact-field label=”From 0 – 10 rate Level of factual reporting and use of proper sources. 0 = Perfect 10= Extremely Poor” type=”select” options=”0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10″][contact-field label=”From 0 – 10 rate story selection. 0 = Balanced 10= 100% favoring one side” type=”select” options=”0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10″][contact-field label=”From 0 – 10 rate political affiliation of owners/editors/funding. 0 = Neutral 10= 100% from one side.” type=”select” options=”0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10″][contact-field label=”How do your rate the bias of this source?” type=”select” options=”Extreme Left,Left,Left-Center,Least Biased,Right-Center,Right,Extreme Right”][contact-field label=”Does this source promote any of the following?” type=”checkbox-multiple” options=”Conspiracy Theories,Hate,Propaganda,Pseudoscience”][contact-field label=”How do you rate this source for factual reporting” type=”select” options=”Very High,High,Mostly Factual,Mixed,Low,Very Low”][contact-field label=”Any additional notes.” type=”text”][contact-field label=”Who are you? Give your full name and a short bio.” type=”text”][/contact-form]

Last Updated on May 24, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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