MediaWise

Digital media literacy for all

What is MediaWise?

MediaWise empowers people of all ages to become more critical consumers of content online. We teach people digital media literacy and fact-checking skills to spot misinformation and disinformation, with initiatives specifically designed to engage Gen Z, college students and older Americans. Our innovative, digital-first program works constantly to address the ever-changing landscape of misinformation across the internet.

We believe that when facts prevail, democracy wins.

MediaWise International Fact-Checking Day 2022

Celebrate International Fact-Checking Day with WhatsApp courses, activities and other resources.

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Training and Resources

Hone your digital media literacy skills through small group sessions, self-paced online courses and more.

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Teen Fact-Checking Network

Fact-checks for teenagers, by teenagers. Get the facts about viral posts and learn how to debunk falsehoods.

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MediaWise Ambassadors

Prominent journalists and influencers use their platform to support the MediaWise mission.

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Praise for MediaWise

MediaWise has gotten noticed by USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News and other outlets.

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MediaWise is made possible thanks to grants, donations and partnerships. Help us reach millions more people!

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MediaWise Team

  • Katy Byron
    Director of Tech Platform Partnerships
    Katy Byron is a third-generation journalist with nearly 20 years’ experience in social media, TV, wire service, print and digital news. She joined The Poynter...
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  • Alex Mahadevan
    Director, MediaWise
    Alex Mahadevan is the Director of the MediaWise project. Alex was most recently the Program Manager of MediaWise. Prior to joining the staff at Poynter,...
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  • Brittani Kollar
    International Training Manager, MediaWise
    Brittani Kollar manages MediaWise's international projects and initiatives. Brittani joined The Poynter Institute following a 13-year career at CNN. Her first several years were spent...
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  • Vanya Tsvetkova
    Interactive Learning Designer, MediaWise
    Vanya Tsvetkova develops curricula in various formats to teach fact-checking and digital media literacy skills to audiences of all ages in the U.S. and abroad....
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  • Alexa Volland
    Youth Programming Manager, MediaWise
    Alexa Volland oversees the MediaWise Teen Fact-Checking Network and the Campus Correspondent project — both national, virtual newsrooms made up of students that produce fact-checks...
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