First Draft News

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First Draft - Least BiasedLEAST BIASED

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.

Factual Reporting: HIGH

Notes: First Draft News was launched by the First Draft Coalition in 2015. As one of the founding organizations, Google News Lab also provided assistance to develop and maintain, supported the creation of new content and coordinated the community of practice. First Draft News is a nonprofit organization and its goal is to help newsrooms, scholars, fact-checkers, and journalism schools. According to their about page their goal is “to raise awareness, perform research, and address challenges relating to trust and truth in media in the digital age”. Claire Wardle is the Executive Director of First Draft and in October 2017, First Draft moved to the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where it continues its work as a project of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

First Draft News features training resources and a resource catalog for journalist industry news. It is designed both as a best practice guide and analysis focused on specific news such as elections around the world. For example the UK Election and German Election. They typically publish very well sourced articles and they utilize credible sources such as Columbia Journalism Review,, NPR, and the New York Times. In their headlines they typically utilize neutral language such as “Why we need to understand misinformation through visuals.” Further, First Draft News has a partnership with credible UK fact checker’s, Full Fact. Overall, we rate First Draft News factually HIGH, Least Biased, and an excellent source for journalists. (M. Huitsing 2/15/2018)


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