These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation.
- Overall, we rate the Knight Foundation Left-Center Biased based on support for liberal organizations and causes. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1950, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is an American private, non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting “transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts.” The current President and CEO is Alberto Ibargüen.
The Knight Foundation provides grants to many different organizations, especially those related to journalism.
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Funded by / Ownership
The foundation was seeded by the estate of economically conservative newspaper publisher John S. “Jack” Knight.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Knight Foundation provides grants to startups and companies that promote journalism and innovation. For example, they provide funding to Propublica and the Sunlight Foundation. In the past decade, the foundation has funded non-profit news sites, backed paying the salaries of individual reporters at newspapers, and supported many research projects about how newspapers can remain viable enterprises. In addition, the Knight Foundation gives grants to newspapers such as the Salt Lake City Tribune that have become nonprofits. They sometimes publish articles such as this 3 WAYS LOCAL NEWS INITIATIVES ARE SERVING CRUCIAL COVID-19 INFORMATION TO PEOPLE IN NEWS DESERTS. In general, the Knight Foundation supports liberal causes.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate the Knight Foundation Left-Center Biased based on support for liberal organizations and causes. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 8/30/2016) Updated (7/3/2020)
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