MediaWise Fact-Checking Certificate (Winter 2020/21)

$149.00 $99.95

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MediaWise Fact-Checking Certificate (Winter 2020/21)

This advanced online fact-checking course will teach you tools and strategies professional fact-checkers use to verify information on social media.

Prerequisite: MediaWise Fact-Checking 101 (Winter 2020)

Overview

  • Suss out what’s legit on all your social feeds
  • Take the immersive, interactive course at your own pace, on your own time
  • Prove your fact-checking proficiency by earning the certificate of completion
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$149.00 $99.95

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Spot different types of misinformation online
  • Tell the difference between reliable and unreliable sources
  • Evaluate the usefulness and reliability of sources
  • Use advanced tools to search and analyze photos and videos you see on social
  • Understand how emerging technologies impact what you see on your feed
  • Determine whether or not a claim can be fact-checked
  • Use advanced digital tools to research and investigate a claim
Sale!

$149.00 $99.95

Overview

  • Suss out what’s legit on all your social feeds
  • Take the immersive, interactive course at your own pace, on your own time
  • Prove your fact-checking proficiency by earning the certificate of completion

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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.

Questions?

If you need assistance, email us at info@newsu.org.

Time estimate: 4-5 hours

Prerequisite: MediaWise Fact-Checking 101 (Winter 2020), which is Level 1 of this certificate.

You can explore this course at your own pace. If you need a break, you can always pause and come back. Your progress will be saved, so you can pick up where you left off. We anticipate participants will spend one to two hours on each of the sections of the course:

  • Level 2: Verifying images and video
  • Level 3: Next-level fact-checking
  • Level 4: Final Fact-checking challenge

Who should enroll

Prerequisite: MediaWise Fact-Checking 101 (Winter 2020)

This certificate program is designed for anyone ages 18-22 who is interested in verifying information online. This assessment-based course is also useful for high school students and as a supplementary unit for civics, journalism or media literacy courses.

Cost

The value of this intensive, course is $149. Poynter is pleased to offer it at the discounted rate of $99.95.

Instructors

  • Alex Mahadevan
    Senior Multimedia Reporter, MediaWise
    Alex Mahadevan is senior multimedia reporter with the MediaWise project. He most recently worked as a data journalist at the personal finance startup The Penny...
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  • Heaven Taylor-Wynn
    Multimedia Reporter, MediaWise Project
    Heaven Taylor-Wynn is a digital journalist who joined MediaWise in 2019 shortly after graduating from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. The...
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  • Alexa Volland
    Multimedia Reporter, MediaWise
    Alexa Volland is a multimedia reporter with the MediaWise project. Before joining Poynter, she was the web editor for the Tampa Bay Times' high school...
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  • Sean Marcus
    Publications Adviser, Teacher at Carrollwood Day School
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