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 Conversation Least Biased based on covering both the right-center and left-center politically, as well as covering evidence-based topics. We also rate them Very High for factual reporting due to excellent sourcing of information and a clean fact check record. In fact, The Conversation is an IFCN fact-checker.
Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Australia 26/180
Founded in 2010, The Conversation is an independent, not-for-profit media outlet. Articles are authored by academics, edited by professional journalists and freely available online, and for republication through creative commons license. The Australian website launched in March 2011, and has expanded into editions in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2013, United States (U.S.) in 2014, Africa in 2015, France in 2015, Canada in 2017, Indonesia in 2017, Spain in 2018.
In 2016, The Conversation’s FactCheck unit become the first fact-checking team in Australia and one of only two worldwide accredited by the International Fact-Checking Network, which is an alliance of fact-checkers hosted at the Poynter Institute in the U.S. The current editor is Misha Ketchell
Funded by / Ownership
The Conversation websites are held by the not-for-profit educational charity owned by The Conversation Trust. The Conversation is funded by the university and research sector, government, and business.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Conversation is covered by a charter of editorial independence. The authors must be academics or researchers. Authors have final sign-off on their articles and complete statements that disclose potential conflicts.
The articles reviewed on the US Conversation website demonstrate the use of minimally loaded language such as this: Why the US has higher drug prices than other countries. This article, like most on The Conversation, is thoroughly sourced to credible educational and media outlets such as Commonwealth Fund, New York Times, HHS.gov, and Kaiser Health News.
In general, The Conversation covers a wide range of topics, most of which are evidence-based. Opinions expressed come from both the slightly left and slightly right, with more coming from a more liberal perspective.
Failed Fact Check
- None to date. In fact, they are an IFCN fact checker in Australia.
Overall, we rate The Conversation Least Biased based on covering both the right-center and left-center politically, as well as covering evidence-based topics. We also rate them Very High for factual reporting due to excellent sourcing of information and a clean fact check record. In fact, The Conversation is an IFCN fact-checker. (7/10/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 9/17/2020)