The Trace Bias and Reliability Overview

The Trace is a website dedicated to reporting on the “gun violence crisis” in the United States. The nonprofit organization began in 2015 in New York City with initial funding from a gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, founded by former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Trace partners with other news organizations for its coverage. The website records approximately 158,000 visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates The Trace in the skews left 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 The Trace’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.75

Bias: -6.64

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
‘Up the Block’: A New Resource Hub for Philadelphians Affected by Gun Violence-245.33
Fearing COVID Chaos, Her Abuser Got a Gun. Now She’s the One Who Is Terrified.034.33
She Landed Her Dream Job as a Cop, But Soon Realized Policing Needs More Black Women-440.67
Working a Suicide Hotline When the Caller Says ‘Gun’045
Armed with an AR-15, He Escorted a Black Lawmaker. Now He’s Pushing His City to Confront Its Racism.-8.3346
‘Boogaloo’ Believers Think a Civil War Is Coming. These Gun Firms Are Openly Marketing to Them.-6.3346.67
The NRA and the Trump Campaign Appear to Be Flouting Election Laws. Again.-846.67
With Abuse Victims Trapped at Home, Detroit Moves Restraining Order System Online047
Gun Shops Flouted State Closure Orders in April as Industry Notched Another Big Month-748.67
Philly Teachers Try to Fit Trauma Care Into Virtual Learning-1.6749.33
Joe Biden’s Evolution on Gun Policy-947.33
The Demise — and Rebirth — of a Notorious Nevada Gunmaker-6.3349
How Many Guns Did Americans Buy Last Month? We’re Tracking the Sales Boom.-448.33
In Chicago, a Steep Rise in Suicide Among Black People-4.6746.33
Portland’s High Stakes Experiment to Shrink the Role of Police in Fighting Gun Violence-947
Mass Shootings Are Soaring, With Black Neighborhoods Hit Hardest-8.3344.33