The Citizen

The Citizen - Left Center BiasLEFT-CENTER BIAS

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. See all Left-Center sources.

Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Australia 19/180


Founded in 2013, The Citizen is an online news and analysis website launched by the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Advancing Journalism. According to its “About page” The Citizen “has several aims. Foremost, it is a teaching tool that showcases the work of the students in the Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs, giving them real-world experience in working for an industry standard, independent masthead.” The Editor-In-Chief is Andrew Dodd. The Citizen focuses on topics such as Culture, Health, Money, People, Politics, Science, Society, Podcasts and more.

Funded by / Ownership

The Citizen states on its about page that it is funded through a mix of university and grant monies, and public donations and contribution from businessman and philanthropist Paul Bendat.

Analysis / Bias

Under the category “politics” The Citizen publishes news stories utilizing minimal emotionally loaded headlines such as “Malaysian students in Australia fearful someone is watching them” and sources to credible media outlets such as the New York International, ABC News Australia as well as local Australian newspapers such as The New Daily and Channel News Asia, which we have yet to review. Under The category society, they publish opinion pieces such as “Yes, Prime Minister! How Mr Turnbull radicalised me” and source through quotations and interviews.  The Citizen reports national news with a relatively neutral tone such as “Eyes on the town hall prize: Who will be Melbourne’s next lord mayor?” and sources to verifiable media sources such as The Age (Australia) and The Guardian.

Overall, we rate The Citizen Left-Center biased based on story selection that moderately favors the left and HIGH for factual reporting due to proper sourcing. (M. Huitsing 6/4/2018)


Left vs. Right Bias: How we rate the bias of media sources

NFN-Low Biased Factual News

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