Last updated on April 6th, 2020 at 09:02 pm
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 First Coast News Least Biased based on balanced story selection that does not use emotional wording. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High due to a lack of transparency with ownership and staff.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Firstcoastnews.com is the news website for television stations WTLV and WJXX in Jacksonville, Florida. The website covers local news, sports, weather and lifestyle. The website lacks transparency as they do not disclose ownership or staff.
Funded by / Ownership
First Coast News is owned and operated by TEGNA Inc., which operates 66 television stations in 54 markets. They state TEGNA’s purpose is to serve the greater good of our communities. Revenue is based on advertising and sponsored content.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the First Coast News website covers local news through journalists often using television station video. Headlines do not use loaded language such as this: Both right lanes of I-295 SB near Roosevelt Boulevard blocked due to crash with injuries. National and world news is generally delivered through Associated Press video.
Editorially and politically the website does not publish opinion content. However, when reporting on politics they typically rely on video and text from other TEGNA affiliates such as this: White House official: Trump will not testify in his own defense. In general, First Coast News reports factually and with minimal bias.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate First Coast News Least Biased based on balanced story selection that does not use emotional wording. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High due to a lack of transparency with ownership and staff. (D. Van Zandt 1/24/2020)