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How We Choose Sources

The purpose of Neocortix News is to provide a convenient way for people to access High-Quality News, and avoid Low-Quality News. Our approach is simple: We only link to news stories from reputable, high-quality news sources. Our guide for determining high-quality news sources is the Media Bias Chart, created by Vanessa Otero at Ad Fontes Media:

Media Bias Chart 4.0

We restrict our sources to only the upper-center portion of the chart, thus only including Fact Reporting, Analysis and Opinion / Fair Persuasion, and including a balance of Neutral, Liberal and Conservative sources, as shown in the chart subsection below:

Media Bias Chart 4.0

We don't track your choices of stories, and we don't tailor the news that we show you based on your prior choices, so you don't get trapped in a Filter Bubble. And by avoiding the sources in the lower portion of the chart (or not on the chart at all), we help you to steer clear of inaccurate or misleading stories, unfair persuasion, propaganda, and outright false or fabricated stories.

We also allow you to de-select individual sources. This can be useful if you have reached a monthly free article limit for a particular source and don't wish to see their article headlines (although we encourage you to subscribe to your favorite sources). Usually you will find other news sources covering the same stories. To de-select a source, just go the Settings panel (first button at the top left of the screen) and uncheck the box of that source. New users of Neocortix News will notice that CNN is available but de-selected by default, because of its lower position in our acceptable range on the Media Bias Chart.