Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Launched in 2014, JSTOR Daily is an online magazine that reports on science, history, health, politics, and more. Posted articles are generally based on JSTOR entries. JSTOR is a digital library founded in 1995 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Originally containing digitized back issues of academic journals, it now also includes books and primary sources, and current issues of journals. It provides full-text searches of almost 2,000 journals. More than 8,000 institutions in more than 160 countries have access to JSTOR; most access is by subscription, but some older public domain content is freely available to anyone. According to their about page, “JSTOR provides access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.”
According to JSTOR Daily’s about page, they are an “online publication that contextualizes current events with scholarship. Drawing on the richness of JSTOR’s digital library of more than 2,000 academic journals, thousands of monographs, and other materials, JSTOR Daily stories provide background—historical, scientific, literary, political, and otherwise—for understanding our world. The current editor is Catherine Halley.
Funded by / Ownership
JSTOR Daily is owned by the nonprofit ITHAKA, whose stated mission is to “help the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways.” Revenue is derived through membership fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, JSTOR Daily publishes news and information on a wide variety of topics such as Art, Health, Education, History, Science, Technology, and Politics. The focus of this review will be on political content. JSTOR Daily sometimes utilizes loaded emotional language in headlines and articles such as this The Madness of John Roberts. This story is very well sourced to such outlets as supremecourt.gov, JSTOR, ScotusBlog, and oyez.org. When reporting on science they are pro-science and factual, promoting the consensus such as this How 19th Century Scientists Predicted Global Warming.
Editorially, they often present views with a liberal perspective with many stories on Universal Healthcare, social and racial justice, environmentalism, and the promotion of LGBTQ rights such as this: From Gay Liberation to Marriage Equality. Further, when reporting on conservatives and President Trump they often hold negative views such as this Border Walls are Symbols of Failure. A quote from the article reads “President Trump has proposed an equally symbolic solution—building a bigger border wall. Interestingly, while vilifying illegal immigrants to his supporters as violent criminals, he has not penalized the industries that rely on their labor.” In general, reporting is factual and present a left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate JSTOR Daily Left-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 11/15/2016) Updated (7/24/2020)