NOLA.com Bias and Reliability Overview

NOLA.com is the online component of The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate newspapers, owned by Georges Media. The Times-Picayune was founded in 1837 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The newspaper staff won a Pulitzer Prize in 1997 and in 2006 for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina. The Times-Picayune merged with the Advocate in 2019. The newspapers have an average weekday circulation of 77,000 and a Sunday circulation of 81,000. The NOLA.com website records approximately 5.4 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates NOLA.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 NOLA.com’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 48.15

Bias: -2.00

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 Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell to meet with President Joe Biden on pandemic aid-1.3344.33
New Orleans archdiocese announces changes to how it will respond to clerical abuse claims-2.3346.33
New names for 38 New Orleans streets, parks; see all latest recommendations-546.33
As coronavirus variant gains ground in Louisiana, officials predict 'another spike in our future'045
Mayor LaToya Cantrell to fight jail expansion order-1.3344.33
Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards hospitalized with breathing problems045.33
'Mind-boggling' or 'responsible?' Swingers convention comes to New Orleans amid coronavirus-1.3341
Open up New Orleans and the swingers will come-140.33
'Worse than Rita': Hurricane Laura inflicts major wind damage on Lake Charles; see video of damage151.33
Chemical fire reported in Lake Charles following Hurricane Laura's landfall; shelter-in-place issued-1.3354
Hurricane Center | NOLA.com-0.6750
After years-long friendship ends in deadly brawl, Metairie man charged with manslaughter047
About 150 Catholic school students, staff quarantined in Archdiocese of New Orleans schools045.75
Hurricane Center: Track these 3 disturbances and their chances of development-148.33
An NFL postseason bubble? Saints coach Sean Payton is pushing for one. Here's why-1.3345.33
Louisiana coronavirus: 139,903 cases | 4,468 dead | 1,160 in hospital | 118,120 recovered-0.5656.22
He is serving life after stealing hedge clippers. The state Supreme Court won't review his case.-843.33
New Orleans opens new drive-thru coronavirus test site with no limit on daily tests-0.3354.67
Update on delays at Hard Rock site: 1st victim might be able to be reached next week-0.6753
These 2 proposals could speed up video evidence releases, place limits on arrests in New Orleans-348.67
NOLA Public Schools offers guidance to parents preparing for 'a school year like no other'055.67
U.S. House passes water infrastructure bill that authorizes millions for Louisiana projects2.3353
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