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.
- Overall, we rate the Thomson Reuters Foundation Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor left-leaning causes. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: United Kingdom
World Press Freedom Rank: UK 35/180
Founded in 1983, the Thomson Reuters Foundation is the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, the global news and information provider. The Foundation works to expose corruption worldwide and is active in the global fight against human trafficking. Not to be confused with the Reuters news agency. According to their about page “Our global editorial team of almost 50 journalists and about 300 freelancers covers the world’s under-reported stories at the heart of aid, development, women’s and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights, climate change and social innovation.”
The first website set up by the Thomson Reuters Foundation was the left-leaning Alternet.
Funded by / Ownership
The Thomson Reuters Foundation is a charity registered in the UK and USA. According to their about page “Our work is supported by an annual donation from Thomson Reuters and via project funding specifically dedicated to supporting our core services.”
Analysis / Bias
In review, the primary purpose of the Foundation is to provide skills-based training programs to reporters worldwide in seven languages and across 170 countries. As of 2015, over 15,000 journalists have been trained internationally on 27 specialized training topics. The website also provides news that focuses on left-leaning topics such as Coronavirus, Women, LGBT, Climate, Economies, Technologies, Slavery, Cities, and Land. Some stories utilize loaded emotional language such as this Climate change poses growing threats to vulnerable Africa, UN says. Other stories on the website come directly from Reuters. In general, story selection and editorial positions moderately favor the left but are based in fact.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the Thomson Reuters Foundation Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor left-leaning causes. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (11/6/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 10/28/2020)