These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using an 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 Winston-Salem Journal on the left side of Least Biased due to minimal bias in news reporting and a left-leaning editorial page. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1897, The Winston-Salem Journal is a daily broadsheet newspaper primarily serving the city of Winston-Salem, and its county, Forsyth County, North Carolina. The Winston-Salem Journal won a Pulitzer Prize in 1971.
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Funded by / Ownership
Lee Enterprises owns and publishes the Winston-Salem Journal. According to Open Secrets, Lee Enterprises donated 88% of its money to Republican politicians from 1990 until 2016. However, during the 2020 election cycle, they donated 70% to Democratic candidates and causes. Advertising and subscription fees generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Winston-Salem Journal reports local news through staff writers and uses minimally loaded wording such as this: Some businesses struggle with Business 40 closure. USA and world news is syndicated by the Associated Press. A review of the editorial page shows a left-leaning bias in story selection. Further, the newspaper has endorsed Republican candidates in the past, but in 2012 it endorsed Barack Obama, and in 2016 they endorsed Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson.
The Winston-Salem Journal generally reports news with minimal bias but editorially presents a slight left-leaning bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Winston-Salem Journal on the left side of Least Biased due to minimal bias in news reporting and a left-leaning editorial page. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. (8/26/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 10/19/2022)
Last Updated on October 19, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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