Tampa Bay Times Bias and Reliability Overview

Tampa Bay Times is a twice-weekly newspaper and website covering the Tampa Bay area of Florida. It is published by The Times Publishing Company and owned by the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit journalism training organization. The newspaper, called the St. Petersburg Times until 2011, has won 12 Pulitzer Prizes. It began in 1884 as a weekly publication called the West Hillsborough Times. The Times began PolitiFact.com, a nonprofit fact-checking project, in 2007 but sold it to Poynter in 2018. The Times Publishing Company also publishes a business magazine, Florida Trend, and a weekly newspaper, tbt*. The website records approximately 6 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Tampa Bay Times 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 Tampa Bay Times’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 46.27

Bias: -3.77

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
Supreme Court ruling on student speech could impact Pasco school rules046.33
Ex-Speaker Paul Ryan to GOP: Reject Trump, ‘2nd-rate imitations’344
Complaint against Hillsborough school superintendent alleges misspent money041
I won’t vote for Biden in ‘24, but he is my president right now-231.33
Florida schools will offer online classes next semester, Corcoran says046.67
Florida Legislature: Not our role to contain the coronavirus0.6744.67
Senate confirms Trump’s youngest federal judge to serve in Tampa045.33
Floridians are voting for special school taxes. Are lawmakers paying attention?-1.3348
Trump wins Florida soundly, but the presidential race still up in the air0.6744
Florida food stamp recipients may see limits to aid return this week-8.6747.33
Man who was sucker-punched outside Pinellas beach bar dies-1.6750.33
How a Florida Sheriff harasses families: Watch the body-cam video-12.6748
At March on Washington, families decry ‘two systems of justice’-7.3352.33
Florida was social distancing less and less, until its summer coronavirus explosion-1.6749.33
Ron DeSantis says Florida will sign onto Trump’s enhanced unemployment benefits program1.3346.33
There are 2 new tropical systems in the Atlantic. But don’t worry just yet.048
Yes, the Atlantic has another tropical system off the coast of Africa-0.6744.67
Tampa teen accused in Twitter hack linked to deadly home invasion, records show-0.6747.67
Here’s a list of expected Tampa Bay road closures for Vice President Pence’s visit today-1.3355.33
‘You now have coronavirus,’ man tells boy at Treasure Island restaurant, police say051.33
Tampa teen pleads not guilty as documents reveal how feds cracked his Twitter hack case0.6745.67
Florida coronavirus hospitalizations data could mean fewer deaths soon0.6740.33