Herald is a popular newspaper in Zimbabwe, published from and headquartered in Zimbabwe. In this article, Mediabuzz is going to analyze Herald’s media bias and Herald’s factual reporting on the basis of its coverage, language used, presidential endorsements, media reports, research and blind surveys. We have also commented on the left or right biasedness of the Herald along with its factual accuracy.
Media Bias Analysis Summary
After thorough research, we will conclude whether the Heraldis Left Leaning, Right Leaning or Centred in its approach. For Herald, we will go through several researches, studies, blind surveys, headline analysis, etc. to comment on Herald’s media bias. Based on the above analysis, we will assign one of the media bias meter out of all the seven possible meters shown here.
Factual Reporting Summary
For commenting on the factual accuracy of the Herald, we will flip through previous news articles of the publication and observe if Herald has published any factually incorrect information. Based on this, we will conclude that we have commented on the factual accuracy of Herald. Based on the above analysis, we will assign one of the media reliability meter out of all the three possible meters shown here.
A. Herald Media Bias Analysis
Under this section, we will briefly explain the factors that contribute towards our media bias conclusion for Herald. We will observe, analyse and comment on the Herald language used, presidential endorsement, controversies, allegations, political views of Herald’s editors, etc. to support our inference.
1. Herald Emotional Influence & Adjectives in Headlines
We will rummage through previous headlines of Herald to look out for usage of influential language, adjectives, emotionally charged words, etc. that suggests any bias of Herald towards any side of the spectrum.
2. Herald Endorsement of President
Endorsement of presidential candidates in elections comments strongly about a newspaper’s affiliation towards left or right. We will look out for candidates that Herald has endorsed in previous presidential elections to support Herald’s political bias.
3. Political leader’s Criticism of Herald
A political leader’s frequent criticism of Herald will also suggest about political inclination of the newspaper. In this section, we will observe if any political leader has criticised Herald in the past to support our arguments.
4. Allegations on Herald
Under this section, we will look out for any previous allegations against Herald by any political leader, party, organization or readers to support if Herald is biased towards left, right or center.
5. Media Bias Articles from Research Papers, Institutions, etc.
Several reputed fact checking and media bias analytics organizations conduct thorough surveys and research to write about Herald media bias. To substantiate our claims about Herald’s media bias inclination, we will cite these highly reliable sources and research from reputed organizations.
6. Audience of Herald
The audience of Herald also strongly suggests its media bias. Therefore, to further substantiate our claims, we will write about Herald’s audience whether they are democrats or republicans in their political affinities.
7. Herald’s controversial statements and tweets
Several newspapers make controversial statements or tweets on social media that reflect their affinity towards any ideology. We will flip through Herald social media accounts to look for clues that suggests Herald media bias.
8. Popular editors of Herald
Any popular person or editor associated with the Herald will also speak a lot about Herald’s media bias. We will analyze popular persons or editors of Herald that are directly or indirectly linked to any political party or ideology.
9. Herald CEO’s political views
In this section, we will look if Herald CEO supports or sponsors any political party directly or indirectly. We will look for his tweets, statements, opinion pieces, and controversies that will take us towards Herald’s media bias.
B. Herald Factual Reporting Analysis
After Herald media bias, we will write about Herald’s factual reporting, to check whether Herald is reliable or not. There are several parameters on which we will be analyzing Herald’s factual accuracies and will comment if Herald has ever published any false or misleading reports.
1. Herald’s misleading or false news articles
We will look for Herald’s previous history if it has ever intentionally or unintentionally published any fake news, false or misleading reports to influence audience. We will also write about false claims made by Herald in its Op-Ed or news section.
2. Popular Fact-Checking Organizations’ Analysis of Herald
Several fact-checking organizations including Politico, FactCheck, Snopes, Poynter, etc. conduct frequent fact-check on news articles published by newspapers. We will list down fact-checks that mentioned Herald to suggest if Herald has published false stories in the past or not.
3. Sources of Herald
Sources quotes by newspapers are also indicative of their reliability. We will check the sources quoted by Herald in their news stories to find out if Herald is factually reliable or not.
C. Herald Reliability Ratings by Fact-Checking Organizations
Several organizations across the globe independently conduct thorough research and studies on the pattern of news coverage by mainstream media. These websites study the articles published by the news media with the help of professionals and rate them on the basis of bias and reliability. Under this section, we will find out what other fact-checking organizations and media monitors have to say about Herald.
D. History of Herald
Herald is based out of Zimbabwe and primarily published from Zimbabwe . In this section, we will comment about the history of Herald including Herald founder, Herald publisher, Herald circulation and Herald headquarters.
E. Herald Funding & Ownership
Under this section, mediabuzz will write about Herald’s investors, stakeholders and owners to analyze how Herald’s media bias and factual reliability is affected.
F. Readers of Herald
Under this section, we will provide you approximate numbers of readers Herald enjoy. It will also have an age-wise, demographic-wise, gender-wise and political opinion-wise distribution of Herald audience.
G. Herald Media Bias and Credibility – Conclusion
After a thorough analysis of Herald on the above mentioned parameters, we will sum up if Herald is a left, center or right biased newspaper. Based on the analysis, we will offer a judgement on whether Herald is a reliable or unreliable publication when factual reporting is concerned.