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High Resolution File Formats for Full Chart and Blank Versions of News Quality Chart

A few people have asked me to post links to various file formats of this chart for their own use. Feel free to download and use them. There is a Creative Commons license on them which requests attribution and non-commercial use. They contain minor updates from recent versions. Most notably, The Economist has been moved to the left. I agree with commentators who pointed out that was an erroneous initial placement. Also, I changed the snarky designation “Basic AF” to “Basic” so that the chart’s use would be more appropriate in middle school and/or high school settings.  (Note: the abbreviation “AF” stands for “as fuck,” which is text/internet slang for “very,” or “quite.” Sorry for any classroom snickers this may have caused for unsuspecting teachers.)


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15 thoughts on “High Resolution File Formats for Full Chart and Blank Versions of News Quality Chart

  1. Thank you. I first saw this chart shared in December, and I have thought of it almost daily since then. I’ve seen reposts recently from friends on the other side of the political spectrum, with discussion about where various news sources “really should be”. It has pushed me to be sure that at LEAST once a day I dip over into the other side of the political spectrum to a high quality news source there. I went looking for the chart this morning since it has been on my mind so much, and found your blog. Providing your full reasoning makes it that much more powerful. I’ll now be sharing your updated version and blog link. This is becoming a more and more important discussion, and you have contributed to it greatly.

    1. Awesome. Thanks so much!

  2. I just love this. I am composing a government media bias lesson to go with an assignment for a research paper they will be doing and this is just perfect for them. They tend to just grab the first items they come across and not probe deeper. Sources are people and they need to look deeper into the bias and figure out what it is. I am a high school librarian. I wasn’t able to find the bucket of logos that went with the template, but your template is amazing. I love your explanation as well. I may use some of it to scaffold them in their thinking about where to place items and how to think of themselves as liberal or conservative. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Wait, the Economist gets switched from Conservative to Liberal? They themselves declare centrist – from Wikipedia: “What, besides free trade and free markets, does The Economist believe in? “It is to the Radicals that The Economist still likes to think of itself as belonging. The extreme centre is the paper’s historical position.” That is as true today as when former Economist editor Geoffrey Crowther said it in 1955. The Economist considers itself the enemy of privilege, pomposity and predictability. It has backed conservatives such as Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. It has supported the Americans in Vietnam. But it has also endorsed Harold Wilson and Bill Clinton, and espoused a variety of liberal causes: opposing capital punishment from its earliest days, while favouring penal reform and decolonisation, as well as—more recently—gun control and gay marriage.
    — The Economist, [1]”

    1. Excellent points, but note that the Economist is still in the “minimal partisan bias” category, which is meant to include centrists even if it falls to the left or right a bit. Good news for you is that if you are the type of reader that reads the Economist and can distinguish its degree of partisan bias, you are not someone who needed this chart in the first place.

  4. Thank You. Has anyone created ALT TEXT for this image so it is ADA compliant?

  5. Very good reference. However, we notice that CBS news does not appear next to NBC and ABC as one of the three mainstream US news station. Is there a reason why they are not included anywhere on this chart?

    1. It’s there, right next to ABC and NBC. I think it is just hard to see.

  6. Seriously, you moved Vox from complex analytical journalism that skews left to about the lowest left wing garbage there is. Did they turn you down for a job opening or what is your personal bias that such a drastic change was made? I find at least that particular rating totally out of line. I’d agree with the original assessment that they lean left but provide accurate complex journalism and thoughts. I’ve read quite a few articles from different writers over there and they don’t appear to be that far out there. Am I missing some absolute garbage a few of their writers have published or what’s the deal because I find it way out of line and out of touch with reality and the original rating shows about where I think they should be.

    1. Not sure what you are referring to–I didn’t move Vox. It’s still in that analytical/skews liberal section. Perhaps you saw someone else’s edited version?

  7. Thank you so much for this – I regularly share it.

    Recently, I have seen this one pop up . . .

    @votero – Is it a revision you did?

  8. Thank you. I intend to use this and your explanation in my high school law and civics classes.

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