Indianapolis Star Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Indianapolis Star in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Indianapolis Star (IndyStar) is a daily newspaper that has been published in in Indianapolis, Indiana, since 1903. It has won two Pulitzer Prizes for Investigative Reporting in 1975 and 1991, and was lauded for its investigation into sexual abuse within USA Gymnastics in 2016. Since 2000, the Star has been part of Gannett Co. The newspaper has an average daily readership of approximately 100,000, and the website records approximately 2.7 million visits per month.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for Indianapolis Star according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 48.03

Bias: -1.64

Panels of analysts from Ad Fontes Media regularly review representative sample content to rate it for reliability and bias. Each panel of analysts comprises one left-leaning, one right-leaning, and one center-leaning analyst.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating content. To determine its reliability score, we consider the content’s veracity, expression, its title/headline, and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the sample content’s overall reliability score.

To determine sample content’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position, and how it compares to other reporting or analysis from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the content’s overall bias score.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to middle to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 40 are generally good; scores below 24 are generally problematic. Scores between 24-40 indicate a range of possibilities, with some sources falling there because they are heavy in opinion and analysis, and some because they have a high variation in reliability between articles.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to +42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being minimally biased, equally balanced, or exhibiting a centrist bias.

Individual Content Sample Scores

These are the most recent content samples that Ad Fontes Media analysts have rated for this source.

Content Sample URL Bias Reliability
Indiana Dr. Caitlin Bernard reported 10-year-old Ohio girl's abortion, records show -2 47.33
Here's who is running in the crowded race for the Republican state treasurer nomination 0.33 47.33
Holcomb rejects bill limiting local health department actions in third veto of session 0 45.33
WISH-TV owner launching inclusive news network in Indianapolis -4.33 42.67
Act like you have COVID: Advice from Indiana officials for college students going home -2.67 40
Cook Medical device supplier facility planned for northeast Indianapolis to create up to 100 jobs -3 42
House Speaker told lawmaker anti-Catholic, anti-Muslim Facebook posts were unacceptable -3 50
'Stretched and squeezed' like never before, hospital officials ask community to help -0.67 52.33
Indy is working toward 'successful and safe' March Madness, Holcomb says 0 50
Man fatally shot by police in Batesville after hours-long SWAT standoff identified 0 51.33
Mike Pence tests negative for COVID-19, the vice president's office says 0 52.67
Here's everything you need to know to vote by mail in Indiana -6 44.67
Indiana lawmaker tests positive for the coronavirus 0 50.33
Sen. Mike Braun on Indianapolis protests, pandemic, Biden/Harris and more -1 45.67
Epidemiologist for Fishers Health Department resigns, cites interference by mayor -3.67 50
'Today is different than yesterday': Black lawmakers introduce justice reform agenda -3.67 49
IU Health is against running Indy 500 with fans: 'Consider an alternative' 1 48
Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies at 74 -0.33 53.5
Indiana will stay in the current reopening stage until at least Aug. 27 -0.83 50.83
Local groups and state agency appeal Duke rate case, which will raise bills by $15 each month -3 46.33
Marion County football, soccer, volleyball looked in peril, but final decision delayed -1.67 49.33

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