52% of the news organizations you read are owned by USA Today
When you read the news, only 42% of your perspective is being informed by local sources
An overall assessment of the reporting practices of the news publications you read. Learn more about our methodology here.
17% of the sources are Independent News
Independent news is news free of a majority influence, is not owned by any of our other classifications and does not have the influence to be the majority of news someone may see in a geographic area.
Wealthy Private Owners
Wealthy Private owners are typically extremely rich individuals with a net worth in the tens of millions or greater and have a significant stake in the media outlet. Anyone in this category has built their wealth outside the media space and entered into media by buying a news asset after accumulating their significant wealth.
Private Equity owned sources are media outlets that have been purchased by private equity funds, either through a leveraged buyout of the news property or the buyout of its owner. Private equity funds in the media space typically roll up several news properties in order to cut costs while increasing profit margins. They are often accused of pushing profits over news quality.
Media Conglomerates are a collection of radio, television, print and other various news sources all owned by the same entity, typically formed through a series of mergers and acquisitions. Our definition includes any entity that owns a large majority of news outlets and can control the news someone may see. Although typically large and national, we have included smaller companies that own a significant majority and numbers of outlets in a geographical area.
Government or primarily government funded news sources may be independently managed or explicitly used for issuing government approved media.
Telecom owners are primarily a connectivity provider through phone, tv, internet or wireless mobility. Companies in this category have started vertically integrating to buy or create their own media assets, therefore owning both the infrastructure and content that you consume.
'Other' sources are ones that we could not either appropriately classify or ones that do not fall under one of the existing categories.