Find Facts Fast

Launched ahead of the 2022 U.S. midterm elections, Find Facts Fast is a free text message course designed to help Americans of all ages and backgrounds discern fact from fiction online and be informed participants of the democratic process. The weeklong training offers daily lessons on key digital media literacy topics proven to help people quickly discover reliable information and trustworthy sources across the internet and in their social feeds. 

Instructors, including a team of award-winning journalists who volunteer as MediaWise Ambassadors, teach learners how to spot misinformation, leverage digital tools to verify online content, identify manipulated videos and images, practice click restraint, diversify their news diets and avoid echo chambers.

The course is for everyone who wants to improve their digital savviness and contribute to a healthy democracy.

Find Facts Fast is currently available in English. Spanish speakers are encouraged to register for MediaWise en Espanol.

Instructors

  • 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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  • 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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Ambassadors

  • Amna Nawaz
    Senior National Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
    Amna Nawaz joined PBS NewsHour in April 2018 and serves as senior national correspondent and primary substitute anchor. Prior to joining the NewsHour, Nawaz was...
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  • Joan Lunden
    Journalist, Best-selling Author and TV Host
    An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, and women's health & wellness advocate, Joan Lunden has been a trusted voice in American homes for more...
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  • Dave Jorgenson
    TikTok Creator, The Washington Post
    David Jorgenson is a video producer, editor and writer for "The Department of Satire" and various scripted series for The Washington Post. He also interviews...
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  • Hari Sreenivasan
    Anchor of PBS NewsHour Weekend and Amanpour and Company contributor
    Hari Sreenivasan is the anchor of PBS NewsHour Weekend, an Amanpour and Company contributor, a senior correspondent for PBS NewsHour and host of the national public television series SciTech Now. Previously, the...
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Contributors

  • Gabrielle Settles
    Fact-Checker, PolitiFact
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  • Maria Ramirez Uribe
    Immigration Reporter, PolitiFact
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  • Isaac Harte
    Teen Fact-checker, MediaWise
    Isaac Harte is a teen fact-checker for MediaWise. He is a regular contributor to the Teen Fact-Checking Network's Is This Legit? series on Youtube.
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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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  • 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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