NJ.com Bias and Reliability Overview

NJ.com is a website focused on local and regional news in New Jersey. It is part of NJ Advance Media, which also shares news content via social media channels, newsletters and print publications including the Star-Ledger. The parent company is Advance Publications, begun in the 1920s and owned by the Newhouse Family. The website records approximately 19.3 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates NJ.com in the middle 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 NJ.com’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 46.92

Bias: -3.83

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
Wingnut turned loose in GOP caucus. What’s next? | Editorial-1332.26
Man accused of sexually assaulting sleeping women might have additional victims, police say044.63
N.J. reports 4,664 new COVID-19 cases, 99 more deaths as Murphy announces nearly 19K deaths since March047.77
Arrest made after N.J. man critically injured in weekend stabbing in parking lot of townhouse complex050.07
N.J. man cut gas line to home while family of five slept inside, authorities say050.07
College, pro sports included in N.J.’s new gathering limits to fight COVID-19. Here are the rules.047.74
EPA finalizes plan to clean up polluted groundwater near Wanaque Reservoir-4.6746.77
Mike Francesa crushes ‘brutal’ Jets after Broncos loss: ‘Bad and unlucky’038.67
N.J. reports 455 new COVID-19 cases, 9 more deaths. Transmission rate increases again, to just below key mark.057.68
More N.J. school districts announce plans to switch to all-remote classes. Here’s the latest list. (Aug. 19, 2020)049.77
N.J. gym says it reopened safely for 3 weeks but shut down again because laws aren’t clear144.47
DNC 2020: Harris speaks alongside other Democratic groundbreakers-7.6744.09
2 children sexually assaulted while attending backyard party, authorities say246.88
For N.J. school districts seeking to go all-remote, you better have a good reason, Murphy warns042.48
Trenton police officer takes own life in Plainsboro parking lot, officials say057.68
Here are 4 things lawmakers should address as they negotiate the second stimulus payment049.68