Who we are

Balanced News Summary is a news source self-funded and created by an independent Australian researcher – we are not backed by any large companies or investors.

Content is intended for educational research purposes. The founder has self-funded the development of this website (with no intention of charging subscription fees) and happily volunteers time to create content, because they believe that every opinion deserves to be heard – without restraint or interference.

Our purpose – clarity

The purpose of this website is to provide clarity and reunite communities, by identifying bias and offering equal analysis from both sides of the political spectrum.

By presenting multiple perspectives from different publications, and by rating the bias of different news sources, Balanced News Summary frees people from 'filter bubbles' and algorithmic 'feedback loops' created by modern day technology. We believe this will result in readers becoming well informed on trending news, as well as becoming more open-minded towards conflicting opinions.

Recent trends

Recent trends show that trust in news is declining; political bias is becoming more prevalent; individuals are becoming less tolerant of opposing views; and as a result, communities are being divided based on political preference.

A Roy Morgan survey in 2018 discovered that the second most mentioned reason for Australians avoiding the news was ‘I feel that news content is biased towards a particular ideology’. In a 2022 study by the University of Canberra, only 41% of respondents said they could trust Australian news. More recently, Dr. Jennifer Oriel from The Australian reported that 67% of respondents in the Edelman Trust Barometer survey believe journalists “are purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations”.

The result is not socially optimal, as outlined by James Madison (4th president of the United States) in Federalist No. 10 in 1787. When people simply reinforce the same view, they do not see both sides. This leads to two detrimental outcomes: individuals cannot form their own views, and communities cannot openly discuss opposing views. The ultimate result in society is segregation and division. Madison believed that a large number of factions and diversity would avoid tyranny.

Balanced News Summary hopes to break this trend by rating news sources on the political spectrum. We hope to re-establish trust in the news by identifying bias and providing balanced views. By offering various perspectives, readers can hear both sides of arguments and become more open-minded towards conflicting opinions. The aim of this website is to create a more understanding and cohesive community by presenting different opinions.

What we offer

Multiple perspectives

Both sides presented for each particular topic so that you can form your own opinion!

Short news summaries

To get you up to date with the news quickly and conveniently!

Unbiased news

Unbiased news summaries ensure readers get the facts without the spin!

How it works

Balanced News Summary uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to generate content 24/7. The founder has also created 4,000 posts dating back to 2007.

Content is intended for education and research and we do not claim ownership of external websites shown. Every effort has been made to show equal opinions from the left, centre, and the right.

"People cannot adequately influence the decisions which affect their lives unless they can be adequately informed on facts and arguments relevant to the decisions. Much of such fact-finding and argumentation necessarily has to be conducted vicariously, the public press being a principal instrument"

— Lord Simon of Glaisdale in Attorney-General v Times Newspapers Ltd [1974], quoted by Sir Anthony Mason (Former Chief Justice of Australia) in the famous Australian Capital Television Pty Ltd v Commonwealth [1992] constitutional law case – one of the first cases which outlined the implied Australian constitutional right to freedom of speech