Indianapolis Star Bias and Reliability Overview

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. Ad Fontes Media rates Indianapolis Star in the middle category of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral 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.

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

Reliability: 48.11

Bias: -1.73

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

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 the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

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

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

Article URLBiasReliability
Holcomb rejects bill limiting local health department actions in third veto of session045.33
WISH-TV owner launching inclusive news network in Indianapolis-4.3342.67
Act like you have COVID: Advice from Indiana officials for college students going home-2.6740
Cook Medical device supplier facility planned for northeast Indianapolis to create up to 100 jobs-342
House Speaker told lawmaker anti-Catholic, anti-Muslim Facebook posts were unacceptable-350
'Stretched and squeezed' like never before, hospital officials ask community to help-0.6752.33
Indy is working toward 'successful and safe' March Madness, Holcomb says050
Man fatally shot by police in Batesville after hours-long SWAT standoff identified051.33
Mike Pence tests negative for COVID-19, the vice president's office says052.67
Here's everything you need to know to vote by mail in Indiana-644.67
Indiana lawmaker tests positive for the coronavirus050.33
Sen. Mike Braun on Indianapolis protests, pandemic, Biden/Harris and more-145.67
Epidemiologist for Fishers Health Department resigns, cites interference by mayor-3.6750
'Today is different than yesterday': Black lawmakers introduce justice reform agenda-3.6749
IU Health is against running Indy 500 with fans: 'Consider an alternative'148
Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies at 74-0.3353.5
Indiana will stay in the current reopening stage until at least Aug. 27-0.8350.83
Local groups and state agency appeal Duke rate case, which will raise bills by $15 each month-346.33
Marion County football, soccer, volleyball looked in peril, but final decision delayed-1.6749.33