Tennessean Bias and Reliability Overview

Tennessean is a daily newspaper and website based in Nashville that covers middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky. The newspaper was founded in 1907 and is now part of the Gannett Company. The Tennessean has won two Pulitzer Prizes, in 1957 and 1962. The print edition has an average circulation of 35,500, and the website records more than 3 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Tennessean as neutral in terms 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 Tennessean’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 48.66

Bias: -2.06

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
Half of all registered Tennessee voters have already cast ballots, state shatters early voting record050.25
This week in coronavirus: On the eve of an election, COVID-19 is worse than ever-1.3349.27
Get Access047.4
Meharry students eligible for scholarship of up to $100K funded by $34M Bloomberg donation-7.6746.02
Tennessee Department of Education to start reporting the number of COVID-19 cases in schools weekly-348.42
Gov. Bill Lee extends Tennessee's coronavirus state of emergency through September051.55
Coronavirus in Tennessee: State reports 1,636 new cases, 28 new deaths052.07
An 'angel on earth,' Gilda's Club exec performs a sacred task for her dying friend047.25
Weather updates: More storms coming Friday evening in Middle Tennessee049.25
Black Players for Change of MLS, league agree to resume games, discontinue player walk-outs; Black players to meet with owners-4.6741.48
These Tennessee school districts are already reporting COVID-19 cases after reopening052.07
Downtown Nashville bars launch 'Honky Tonk Heroes' campaign urging patrons to mask up046.07
Coronavirus in Tennessee: Latest news, updates on COVID-19 pandemic1.6749.93
US Senate candidates Bill Hagerty, Manny Sethi undergo COVID-19 testing0.6748.26
Nashville-based research firm seeking volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine trial0.3350.6