How we rate the bias of each news source
Political bias is subjective to each individual. Therefore, Balanced News Summary rates news sources based on multiple judgments. We do not determine the ratings based on personal beliefs, and ratings are constantly reviewed to reflect public opinion. Through community engagement and trusted third party data, Balanced News Summary can gather a fair cross-section of the community. This enables us to rate news sources based on the average user’s beliefs.
Third-party data comes from:
- Reputable media bias checkers (MBFC, AllSides)
- Australian and International Universities
- Australian research centres
- Australian Government Bodies (ACMA, APC)
Don’t agree with the Balanced News Summary ratings? Have your say!
You can submit your own bias ratings to contribute to the user-generated rating. Your ratings are collected and averaged out, so that we can find a true representation of how the community feels about each source.
Your ratings will also help us form our ratings! Your opinion is as equal as anyone else’s, so we encourage feedback and will consider the community rating as part of our assessment.
Balanced News Summary merely rates the political bias of sources. Ratings do not reflect the authenticity of sources; we do not evaluate which source would offer the most credible information, or whether a source produces 'fake news'. Accuracy in news reporting is important so we try to use the most credible news sources available.