These media sources are slight to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appealing to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Newsroom New Zealand Right-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly align with the right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: New Zealand
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: EXCELLENT
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Launched in 2017, Newsroom is an online news website based in Auckland, New Zealand, that reports on politics, current affairs, and social issues. It was founded by Tim Murphy, the former editor-in-chief of the New Zealand Herald, and Mark Jennings, former head of news and current affairs at Newshub. The site is currently co-edited by Murphy and Jennings.
Funded by / Ownership
The Newsroom’s ownership is undisclosed. It generates revenue through advertising, donations, and subscriptions. Newsroom Pro is a paid subscription service for premium clients such as corporations, government agencies, and NGOs.
Analysis / Bias
Newsroom publishes news with emotionally loaded language, such as “An empty school and a policy half full.” A quote from the article reads: “Hipkins was momentarily energized facing a table of bright insects in the art room. I can see some familiar shapes in there, plastic bottles and coffee cups being used to create art, so that’s quite cool. No one interrupted the silence that followed..” The words are emotionally loaded and convey a negative perspective on the events described.
The article “Why it’s so hard to consent a wind farm” presents a balanced perspective by reporting on all sides of the issue, as evidenced by this quote from the article: “It’s possible that both have a point – a quicker pathway to consents and a wider land area that can be consented sounds like a compromise that would boost the construction of new wind and solar farms.” In this article, Newsroom uses quotes to provide sourcing from government officials, such as Environment Minister David Parker. Newsroom usually utilizes credible sources such as here, where they sourced the BBC.
Editorially, Radio New Zealand criticizes Newsroom for publicizing anti-vaccination protesters during the pandemic in this article: Newsroom accused of publicising anti-vax PR pitch. The group responsible for the protests has a history of making false claims and promoting conspiracy theories regarding vaccines. While Newsroom did not openly endorse these conspiracy theories, giving equal time and a voice to such a group indicates a right-leaning bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Newsroom New Zealand Right-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly align with the right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (M. Huitsing 04/21/2023)
Last Updated on June 28, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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