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 Journal Standard Least Biased based on minimally loaded language and a balanced editorial page. 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: USA 45/180
Founded in 1848, The Journal Standard is an American daily newspaper published Mondays through Saturdays in Freeport, Illinois. The current editor is Wally Haas.
Funded by / Ownership
The Journal Standard 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, local news is covered through journalists and national news through the Associated Press. There is minimal use of loaded language in headlines and articles such as this: Fla. pastor sentenced to 100 years in child-sex case. All information is properly sourced. Editorially, the Journal Standard covers both left and right-leaning viewpoints and never goes to extremes.
A factual search reveals they have never failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate The Journal Standard Least Biased based on minimally loaded language and a balanced editorial page. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 3/2/2019)