The old days when you could trust the media to be somewhat objective are about as mythical as many other visions of those better days in the past. Still, the extreme and hidden biases of many media outlets today does seem worse than even a decade ago.
NewsTrust is an ambitious effort to create a volunteer-based rating service that will use defined metrics to score stories on fairness, accuracy and credibility.
The service hasn't launched yet, but so far it appears they're doing everything right. They have an impressive staff and group of advisers, and in three months have done surveys that cross the political spectrum, tested the concept and usability of their service and developed and tested their news review tool.
"In today's rapidly changing media landscape, it is becoming harder to tell truth from fiction. Increasingly, sloppy journalism is treated as legitimate news, opinions are presented as facts, and misinformation spreads throughout our news media, threatening the foundation of democracy.
A non-profit venture...is now working on a practical solution to those issues...NewsTrust...aims to bring together experienced journalists and volunteer reviewers to rate news stories and their sources according to rigorous editorial standards"