The above chart illustrates the current Media Trust Score (MTS), which is based on daily headline ratings from thousands of readers across dozens of media sites from the West Coast to the East Coast. As a former journalist and editor, it’s a personal hobby of mine to collect and visualize this data to get a pulse on whether or not people actually find the media biased — they don’t. In fact, the vast majority find local news fair and accurate.
What is this chart?
Every day, readers rate news headlines from nationwide network of media sites that I run. The interactive chart above illustrates a slice of analytics, which represents the regional percentage of U.S.-based readers on the West Coast compared to the national MTS average. A score close to 100 (ie. fuller circle) means there is high trust in the news headline and, conversely, a low score means a lack of trust.