Wherever there’s information, there’s also likely misinformation. This hands-on, four-hour course will help you suss out what’s legit everywhere you go on the internet.
Adjust your habits — always look for context, question the reliability of sources and content, exercise the art of click restraint and leverage the full power of digital tools like Google, Wikipedia and the Wayback Machine. Become a master sleuth using dozens of techniques that professional fact-checkers use in their day-to-day work. And have some fun learning from our special guests and MediaWise Ambassadors, including:
- John Green, award-winning author and host of Crash Course
- Dave Jorgenson, TikTok Creator, The Washington Post
- Destin Sandlin, YouTube Creator, Smarter Every Day
- Hari Sreenivasan, Anchor of PBS NewsHour Weekend and Amanpour and Company contributor
- Jessica Yellin, Host, News Not Noise
By the end of this course, you’ll know how to keep your cool, avoid being fooled, and stay focused on facts.
Here’s how it works:
This is a four-part course that dives deep into all things fact-checking. Each part takes about one hour and ends in a quiz that advances you to the next level. Once you complete all four levels and score a 100% on the five-question exit quiz, you will earn a MediaWise Fact-Checking Certificate to prove you are MediaWise and know how to find accurate information.
Prerequisite: MediaWise Fact-Checking 101 (Winter 2020), a self-directed course that contains Level 1 of this certificate.
Enrolling in this course gives you access to:
- Level 2: Verifying images and video
- Level 3: Next-level fact-checking
- Level 4: Final Fact-checking challenge
Completing all coursework will unlock a downloadable certificate.
What is MediaWise?
MediaWise is a digital media literacy initiative led by The Poynter Institute. Our mission is to teach Americans of all ages how to sort fact from fiction online.
In this course, we will not be telling you how to feel about topics or issues. Instead, we will teach you how to identify digital misinformation and disinformation. Our goal is to help you make decisions that impact your life and your health, based on reliable, trustworthy information.
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