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High Country News Bias and Reliability Overview

High Country News is an independent media organization that covers news in the Western United States. Its mission is to “inform and inspire people to act on behalf of the West’s diverse natural and human communities.” The organization covers 12 Western states and hundreds of indigenous communities through its monthly magazine, website, special reports and books. Founded in 1970, High Country News is based in Paonia, CO. The print/digital magazine has 36,000 subscribers, and the website records approximately 309,000 visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates High Country News 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 High Country News’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 43.16

Bias: -8.92

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 URL Bias Reliability
New Mexico eyed for major nuclear waste storage facility-5.6747.33
Public land is no longer on sale to oil and gas companies-11.6743
Biden halted border wall construction. Now what?-1143
The fight for an equitable energy economy for the Navajo Nation-6.3347.67
How anti-Indigeneity proliferates around the West and the world-1146.33
Indigenous data sovereignty shakes up research-3.3346.33
A whistleblower speaks out over excavation of Native sites-348.33
Ski communities are ‘getting crunched on all sides’-1.3344.67
How one student brings soil science down to earth036.33
Through wildland firefighting, finding a space to heal040
Wyoming’s last contact tracers047.33
The West’s homescapes are shifting032.67
Tribal leaders respond to the idea of an Indigenous Interior secretary-7.3344.67
Trump’s impact on Indian Country over four years-11.6742.67
Students and faculty urge deeper look at land-grant legacy-14.1742.17
The battle for the Black Hills-12.6738
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