NJ.com Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates NJ.com in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. NJ.com is a website focused on local and regional news in New Jersey. It is part of NJ Advance Media, which also shares news content via social media channels, newsletters and print publications including the Star-Ledger. The parent company is Advance Publications, begun in the 1920s and owned by the Newhouse Family

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 44.47

Bias: -1.69

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
Former Jersey City fire chief’s ‘boat check’ tops $400K 0 42
Ask Amy: I don’t pick up friend’s evening calls because that’s when he regularly drinks and dials 0 32.67
‘The Walking Dead: Dead City’ teaser sets premiere as N.J. hosts zombie scourge 0 39.33
Dear Abby: How do you tell a loved one that they have bad hygiene? -0.67 32
Christmas comes early for pets in this N.J. city, thanks to longtime officer 0 40.67
Newly elected GOP state senator’s social media accounts contain xenophobic, anti-Muslim posts -3.67 45.67
The Donald Should Consider a Long Trip to the Emerald Isle | Mulshine 7 33.67
Despite plea from Sicknick’s family, Senate expected to block commission to investigate Jan. 6 insurrection -3 46.33
Ex-Yankees lefty David Wells blasts MLB for moving All-Star Game: I refuse to watch baseball anymore -1 45.67
Thank an N.J. teacher for your home’s high resale value | Letters -5 28.33
N.J. reports 45 COVID deaths, 3,578 cases as hospitalizations climb to 7-week high 0 49.33
N.J. residents due more than $35M in 2017 tax refunds, IRS says 0 48
Wingnut turned loose in GOP caucus. What’s next? | Editorial -13 32.33
Man accused of sexually assaulting sleeping women might have additional victims, police say 0 44.33
N.J. reports 4,664 new COVID-19 cases, 99 more deaths as Murphy announces nearly 19K deaths since March 0 47.5
N.J. officer was fired though sex assault charge against him was dropped. Now he’s suing. 0 48.33
Statewide shutdown ‘has to stay on the table’ as N.J. COVID-19 cases surge, Murphy says -2 47
Arrest made after N.J. man critically injured in weekend stabbing in parking lot of townhouse complex 0 50.33
N.J. man cut gas line to home while family of five slept inside, authorities say 0 50.33
College, pro sports included in N.J.’s new gathering limits to fight COVID-19. Here are the rules. 0 48
EPA finalizes plan to clean up polluted groundwater near Wanaque Reservoir -4.67 47
Mike Francesa crushes ‘brutal’ Jets after Broncos loss: ‘Bad and unlucky’ 0 39
Video reportedly shows Jersey Shore bar owned by town’s mayor not following COVID-19 rules 0 50.75
N.J. reports 455 new COVID-19 cases, 9 more deaths. Transmission rate increases again, to just below key mark. 0 53.75