Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Ad Fontes Media rates Tampa Bay Times in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. 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, 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.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for Tampa Bay Times according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 46.35

Bias: -3.57

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
The ‘don’t say gay’ bill DeSantis just signed, explained045
Here are the math textbooks Florida rejected for having unwanted topics-4.3345.67
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
Postal Service ordered to search for mail ballots, including in Florida050
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