What Were the Most Trusted News Sources?

by coach on January 6, 2010

What Were the Most Trusted News Sources in 2009? NewsTrust Tells Us

NewsTrust just released its list of Top Sources in 2009 for news. There were some of the usual suspects and some surprises in many categories! What will be interesting to readers are several unfamiliar sources for online news, the blogs cited, along with the the traditional sources of quality journalism.

So how does NewsTrust work? Its website features quality news and opinion rated by more than 10,000 registered members who rank news stories against core principles of journalism, such as fairness, accuracy, context, and sourcing – using unique review tools. Interestingly, research confirms the effectiveness of NewsTrust’s review process.

Most Trusted News Sources

So which were the most trusted news sources in 2009?

  • Top newspapers – New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times
  • Top magazines – The New Yorker, Economist, Newsweek
  • Top online – Salon, AlterNet, Huffington Post
  • Top blogs – Informed Comment, Talking Points Memo, Global Voices
  • Top TV – LinkTV, Aljazeera, BBC News
  • Top radio – National Public Radio, Free Radio Europe
  • Top wire services – Reuters, Associated Press, McClatchy, Bloomberg
  • Top business – Economist, Forbes
  • Top science/technology – Wired, Miller-McCune
  • Top climate change – The Guardian, Mother Jones.

There were many other editors’ picks in numerous categories and a few unfamiliar news sites worth a look.

NewsTrust takes a fascinating new approach to online journalism. A nonprofit corporation with educational goals, it aims to “help people find and share good journalism online.”

It’s supported by a number of leading foundations, numerous universities and donors such as Google, Mitch Kapor and Craig Newmark (Craigslist). Its media partners include leading news organizations such as Agence France-Press, Frontline, Huffington Post, NewsHour, PBS, Poynter Institute, Scientific American, Slate and the Washington Post.

If you haven’t explored NewsTrust, then you’re missing out on some worthwhile new directions in quality online journalism. I urge you to become a  member (free) and to join in the news and the conversations.

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