Jokes apart, several reports about editorial manipulation/fabrication by media/news agencies have been in the spotlight especially after the 2016 US Presidential Elections.
But that doesn’t change the fact Journalism & Media is our only way of keeping those in power accountable. We need aggressive, fearless journalists as well as co-operative editorial teams. But more importantly common people should get their news from reliable sources.
To that end we have for you some of the most trusted & still credible News Agencies:
The list is classified into 3 sections:
1st covers the ‘Wire Services’, next are agencies which put in editorial work but still report facts and the last is a classification on the basis of regions.
A] Wire Services:
1] Reuters: [Website], [Twitter]
Reuters, a division of Thomson-Reuters is an International News Agency with it’s headquarters in London. It is what is known as a ‘Wire Service’. Wire Services do not publish content on their own, rather they sell their news reports to their subscribers (News Agencies). Often times, a particular incidence is physically reported by a single reporter of a Wire Service and that report is used by other agencies. This rests tremendous responsibility upon such services.
Although in terms of subscribers, reach and resources Reuters is ranked a No. 2, it’s credibility far surpasses it’s fellow agencies. Reuters is among the first to publish any report and are famous for being extremely unbiased. Their reports are not suggestive or manipulative. It is just plain facts in the most detailed way possible. These features put this reclusive news agency in the 1st spot for trustworthiness.
2] Associated Press: [Website], [Twitter]
The largest news agency in the world is another wire service catering to thousands of large and small news agencies. Often the sole agency present it’s feeds have become famous for their alacrity and quality. Although it’s the largest and most referred agency it is not free from instances of bias, over relying on a single source or governmental press release. These have put a dent in their credibility and put them in the second spot.
Note: I have not linked to any AP reports or other articles because AP is famous for suing bloggers. A google search will offer you a perspective.
Another Wire Service which is shadowed by AP & Reuters but is known for factual reports offering a deep insight. Their content written taking into account the obvious questions, readers will have. Sometimes they even publish even news reports in the form of a Q&A. If you like this style you will end up loving Bloomberg.
B] News Agencies:
1] The New York Times: [Website], [Twitter]
NYT is the most read newspaper in the US & also has the record for the most Pulitzer Awards. For the most part it’s content is factual & trustworthy. But there is one downside. NYT is slightly biased the editorial style reflects a progressive outlook. In popular terms NYT can be said to be slightly ‘Left-Leaning’. Now that might not be a concern for some but the general rule of thumb is that more the bias less the credibility.
Although NYT is an US Media, it’s international section is just as much powerful.
1] The Washington Post: [Website], [Twitter]
With a permanent fixture in History Books as the ‘Newspaper That Brought Down Nixon’, the Post has maintained it’s high standards. Thorough articles, fact-checked reports and a good international coverage makes it a strong force. Like NYT it’s editing is progressive and that puts it in the same position as NYT.
2] The Guardian: [Website], [Twitter]
The Guardian, whose motto itself says, ‘Comment Is Free But Facts Are Sacred – C.P Scott’. is an agency & tabloid based in the UK & also a bit focused on the UK, The Guardian is a complete package. Again it is a bit ‘Left-Leaning’ but is known for it’s authentic investigative reporting. It’s non political sections are interesting and well developed with a special focus on (obviously) cricket.
The Guardian has featured columns by journalists like Glenn Greenwald and has established golden editorial standards under the likes of Alan Rusbridger. Yet, there have been a few instances of manipulative editing of their own reports.
Note: The Guardian & NYT often work together on international collaborative projects. They along with WP were among the four Agencies chosen by Edward Snowden for his leaks and also among the three which worked with WikiLeaks on the Afghan War Leaks.
The other, Der Spiegel gets our ‘Notable Mentions’ spot.
C] News Agencies by Regions:
- Asia News International (ANI): [Website], [Twitter]
A wire service operating primarily in South East Asia is the most trusted source in all of Asia (except China). It’s based in India and focuses & politically leans towards India.
- Press Trust Of India: [Website], [Twitter]
Similar to ANI but more focused on India. It’s editing is less biased than ANI’s but it lacks in a wider coverage.
- Dawn: [Website], [Twitter]:
Focused on Pakistan.
- The Guardian
- BBC: [Website], [Twitter]
Though having a wide coverage but being the official media of GBR lowers it’s credibility.
- Der Spiegel: [Website], [Twitter]
A reliable news agency based in Germany, it is often over shadowed by other Europe based agencies. It’s increasing it’s language support an thus is it’s popularity.
- New York Times
- Washington Post
- The Wall Street Journal:
As the name suggest WSJ is ‘Right Leaning’ but a good source of Business & Finance news.
- Al-Masdar News: [Website], [Twitter]
- The MENA & African Sections of the above mentioned International Agencies.
6] Russia, China & North Korea:
Being the most Heavily Censored countries in the world there are no really credible news agencies. One has to rely on Independent News agencies, Social Media posts etc. to get their news. All the state run media are next to useless in terms of trust.
That said, when it comes to news, the first rule is never believe in anything without personally seeing a proof. Press Releases, Statements by Observatories etc. do not count as proof. But thanks to Social Media individual capabilities to fact check have vastly improved.
Do read our article on ‘How To Fact Check any Report‘.
Author: Rohan Dandavate
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