Newsreel's Curation Approach

Note: In keeping with our motto“Editors, guided by algorithms,” Newsreel’s editorial approach was drafted and edited by an advisory board (yes, humans!) as a set of guidelines for curation. We do not intend for these guidelines to be perfect or exact. We do, however, want our readers to know that our mission is to provide the highest quality of journalism we can find. We believe that the organizations listed below consistently strive to report the truth.

 

National Objective-Seeking News Sources

  1. Criteria – How we picked the national news sources

Mission – What is the mission of the news organization?

  1. Is the news organization committed to watchdog, investigative reporting?

  2. Is the news organization committed to publishing fact-based journalism?

  3. Does the news organization regularly conduct original reporting (i.e. does the news organization send its reporters in person to news events)?

  4. Does the news organization have a consistent and rigorous process of verification?

  5. Does the news organization provide readers with the information they need to be responsible, informed citizens in a democracy?

  6. Does the news organization follow traditional rules of journalistic integrity?

Reputation – What is the track record of the news organization?

  1. Has the news organization been recognized by peer and professional organizations for the excellence of its work? Has it won prizes, including Pulitzers and other professional honors?

  2. Is the news organization the “news organization of record” for that particular area?

  3. Does the news organization invest in the quality of its reporting staff?

 

II. List of National Objective-Seeking News Organizations

 

Note: The reporting from these news organizations will primarily be used for the “Primary,” “Who? What? Why?” and “Baseline” Reel Event categories. We believe that these news organizations utilize objective tools in their reporting and editing, and that they offer balanced and fact-based narratives. We also believe that news organizations are the “news organizations of record” for the United States.

 

Newspapers:

  1. The New York Times

  2. Washington Post

  3. The Wall Street Journal

  4. Los Angeles Times

  5. USA Today

 

Magazines:

  1. TIME

  2. The Atlantic

  3. The Economist

  4. Foreign Affairs

  5. The Week

 

News Wires:

  1. Associated Press

  2. Reuters

 

TV:

  1. ABC News

  2. NBC News

  3. CBS News

 

Radio:

  1. NPR

  2. BBC

 

Digital Native Sites/Primarily Digital Sites:

  1. POLITICO

  2. Axios

  3. Propublica

  4. The Guardian

  5. Roll Call

  6. FiveThirtyEight

  7. Texas Tribune

  8. Vox

  9. Buzzfeed News

  10. Vice News

 

Regional News Sources

  1. Criteria – How we picked the regional news sources

Mission – What is the mission of the news organization?

  1. Is the news organization committed to watchdog, investigative reporting?

  2. Is the news organization committed to publishing fact-based journalism?

  3. Does the news organization regularly conduct original reporting (i.e. does the news organization send its reporters in person to news events)?

  4. Does the news organization have a consistent and rigorous process of verification?

  5. Does the news organization provide readers with the information they need to be responsible, informed citizens in a democracy?

  6. Does the news organization follow traditional rules of journalistic integrity?

Reputation – What is the track record of the news organization?

  1. Has the news organization been recognized by peer and professional organizations for the excellence of its work? Has it won prizes, including Pulitzers and other professional honors?

  2. Is the news organization the “news organization of record” for that particular area?

  3. Does the news organization invest in the quality of its reporting staff?

 

II.  List of Region by Region News Organizations (* indicates that it will be also be used for national coverage) (^ indicates that it is a digital-native news site)

Note: The reporting from these news organizations will be primarily used for the “Primary,” “Who? What? Why?” and “Baseline” Reel Event categories. We believe that these news organizations strive for objectivity, and balanced and fact-based reporting. We also believe that news organizations are the “news organization of record” for that particular area. This a preliminary list – there are other news organizations that could be included.  

 

Northeast:

New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont)

  1. Hartford Courant (CT)

  2. Portland Press Herald (ME)

  3. Boston Globe* (MA)

  4. New Hampshire Union Journal (NH)

  5. Providence Journal (RI)

  6. Burlington Free Press (VT)

 

Mid-Atlantic (Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey)

  1. Philadelphia Inquirer* (PA)

  2. Pittsburgh Post Gazette* (PA)

  3. New York Times* (NY)

  4. Newsday (NJ)

 

Midwest:

East North Central (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin)

  1. Chicago Tribune* (IL)

  2. Indianapolis Star (IN)

  3. The Detroit Free Press* (MI)

  4. Plain Dealer (OH)

  5. Columbus Dispatch (OH)

  6. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel* (WI)

 

West North Central (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)

  1. The Des Moines Register (IA)

  2. The Wichita Eagle (KS)

  3. Star Tribune* (MN)

  4. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

  5. Lincoln Journal Star (NE)

  6. Bismarck Tribune (ND)

  7. Capital Journal (SD)

 

South

South Atlantic (Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, D.C. and West Virginia)

  1. Wilmington News Journal (DE)

  2. Tampa Bay Times* (FA)

  3. Miami Herald* (FA)

  4. Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA)

  5. Baltimore Sun (MD)

  6. The Charlotte Observer (NC)

  7. The State (SC)

  8. The Washington Post* (VA/D.C.)

  9. Virginian-Pilot (VA)

  10. Charleston Gazette-Mail (WV)

 

East South Central (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee)

  1. AL.com – The Birmingham News, Mobile Press Register and The Huntsville Times (AL)

  2. The Courier-Journal (KY)

  3. The Clarion-Ledger (MS)

  4. Tennessean (TN)

 

West South Central (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas

  1. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (AK)

  2. The Advocate (LA)

  3. The Oklahoman (OK)

  4. Dallas Morning News * (TX)

  5. Houston Chronicle* (TX)

  6. Texas Tribune* (TX)

 

West

Mountain (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming)

  1. The Arizona Republic* – azcentral.com (AZ)

  2. Denver Post* (CO)

  3. Colorado Sun^ (CO)

  4. Idaho Statesman (ID)

  5. Billings Gazette (MT)

  6. Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV)

  7. Albuquerque Journal (NM)

  8. Salt Lake Tribune (UT)

  9. Casper Star Tribune (WY)

 

Pacific (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington)

  1. Juneau Empire/ Capital City Weekly (AK)

  2. Los Angeles Times* (CA)

  3. San Francisco Chronicle* (CA)

  4. The San Diego Union Tribune* (CA)

  5. Sacramento Bee (CA)

  6. Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI)

  7. The Oregonian (OR)

  8. The Seattle Times* (WA)

 

Opinion News Sources

 

Note: The reporting from these news organizations will be used for the “From the Left” and “From the Right” Reel Event categories. We believe that these news organizations consistently produce the highest quality opinion journalism in the country. Newsreel’s editors will make judgements as to the political stance of certain opinion writers. For instance, New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks leans conservative. His writing would be used as a “From the Right” source. Also, any news source included in the national news outlet list may be used as a source for opinion journalism.

 

  1. Criteria – How we picked the editorial board news sources and determined their political stance

How we picked each editorial board news source (i.e. Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News)

  1. Is the news source a national news source (as identified in the Regional News Organization category) with an editorial board?

How we determined the editorial board’s political stance

  1. Who has the newspaper historically endorsed for U.S. president?

  2. What stance does the newspaper historically take on issues?

  3. Is the editorial board open about its political stance?

 

How we picked each opinion source (i.e. National Review, Mother Jones, American Conservative)

Mission – What is the mission of the news organization?

  1. Is the news organization committed to publishing fact-based journalism?

  2. Does the news organization have a consistent and rigorous process of verification?

  3. Does the news organization provide readers with the information they need to be responsible, informed citizens in a democracy?

  4. Does the news organization follow traditional rules of journalistic integrity?

Reputation – What is the track record of the news organization?

  1. Has the news organization been recognized by peer and professional organizations for the excellence of its work? Has it won prizes, including Pulitzers and other professional honors?

  2. Does the news organization invest in the quality of its reporting staff?

 

  1. List of of Opinion News Sources

 

Left-Leaning Editorial Boards:

  1. The New York Times Editorial Board

  2. Washington Post Editorial Board

  3. Los Angeles Times Editorial Board

  4. Boston Globe Editorial Board

  5. Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board

  6. Detroit Free Press Editorial Board

  7. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Board

  8. Star Tribune Editorial Board

  9. Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board

  10. Miami Herald Editorial Board

  11. Houston Chronicle Editorial Board

  12. Denver Post Editorial Board

  13. San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board

  14. The Seattle Times Editorial Board

 

Right-Leaning Editorial Boards:

  1. The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board

  2. Chicago Tribune Editorial Board

  3. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial Board

  4. Dallas Morning News Editorial Board

  5. Houston Chronicle Editorial Board

  6. Arizona Republic Editorial Board

  7. San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board

 

Left-Leaning Opinion Sources (not included in national publication list):

  1. Mother Jones

  2. The New Yorker

  3. Washington Monthly

 

Right-Leaning Opinion Sources (not included in national publication list):

  1. National Review

  2. The Weekly Standard

  3. The American Conservative

  4. The Bulwark

 
 
 
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