MediaWise Voter Project Campus Correspondents

The Campus Correspondents were central to the success of the MediaWise Voter Project, a nonprofit and nonpartisan program of The Poynter Institute that taught digital literacy skills to more than 1 million first-time voters in 2020.

This group of 10 college students conducted virtual digital literacy trainings for their peers across campuses nationwide:

  • 80+ trainings conducted over six months
  • 2,000+ students reached
  • 20+ states

More than 90% of training participants surveyed “agree” or “strongly agree” they will “go to the polls with the most accurate information and feel confident about the candidates, campaigns and issues on the ballot” after receiving MediaWise training from the Campus Correspondents. In addition to training their peers through Zoom, the Campus Correspondents created fact-check and digital media literacy content for social media, including TikTok and Instagram.

“Although our program officially ended Nov. 3,” wrote Campus Correspondent Sonia Rao, “I’m leaving knowing that hundreds of thousands of college students across the country are now equipped to battle misinformation.”