We pull news from over 5,000 reputable sources, some of which include CNN, NBC, NY Times, Huff Post, Washington Post, LA Times, CBS, Fox News, BBC, and many others. Our primary methods of gathering stories, their authors, sources, and summaries area web scraping and the Google News API. These methods provide us with all the content on the news portion of the site, and there is no shortage! We are always looking to expand our list of sources, so please get in contact with us if you think we could add a source to the literally thousands that we use already.
One of the main features of RealNews is the Bias Rating (BR) that each news source is categorized by. The mission of RealNews is to provide customers with new perspective by providing them with certain characteristics of the bias the news source they are reasing might contain. We determine these characteristics through multiple methods, one of with is our community driven BR system. Major news sources are designated a BR when they are added to our site, and after that, users can visit the Rate page to either agree or disagree with the current rating. If they disagree, they give their opinion by selecting on of the following: Strongly Left, Leaning Left, Neutral, Leaning Right, Strongly Right. These ratings help our algorithm determine what the bias of the source might actually be. To read more in detail about how we poll users and calculate bias ratings, visit the Methodology page.