Fact-Checking 101 from the MediaWise Voter Project

About this product

This one-hour course will introduce you to the tools and techniques you can use to fact-check information online before you vote for the first time in 2020. Enroll now and get notified when the class goes live on Oct. 5. 


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The internet is full of misinformation and disinformation. If you are voting for the first time this election season, it can be daunting to try and sort fact from fiction on social media. 

This free fact-checking short course from the MediaWise Voter Project (#MVP2020) will help you feel 💯  going into Election Day. In one hour, you’ll learn the basics of misinformation, how to quickly fact-check suspicious posts, and how to identify even the sneakiest of online ads.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Questions you should always ask yourself when you see a suspicious post
  • The difference between reporting, commentary and fact-checking 
  • All the different definitions of misinformation, from clickbait to deepfakes
  • How to use the three most common fact-checking tools
  • What a fact-check looks like on different social media platforms
  • How to spot political ads on social media

Who should take this course?

This program was designed for the first-time voter, ages 18-22 years old, and is recommended for high school and college students and anyone else who is heading to cast their vote for the first time in November. 

If you want to learn even more about fact-checking the internet, sign up for the four-hour MediaWise Voter Project fact-checking certificate


Alex Mahadevan

Alex Mahadevan

Senior Multimedia Reporter

Heaven Taylor-Wynn

Heaven Taylor-Wynn

Multimedia Reporter

Alexa Volland

Alexa Volland

Multimedia Reporter

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This MediaWise Voter Project Fact-Checking 101 course is made available tuition-free to the first 1,333 students thanks to generous support from:

Funders and supporters of Poynter’s work are subject to our ethics policy and accordingly do not influence curriculum or content. 

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