MediaWise for Seniors: Hands-On Lessons to Separate Fact from Fiction Online

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Christiane Amanpour and Joan Lunden will help you improve your media literacy. You’ll learn tools and techniques for fact-checking what you see on the internet.


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Combine the coronavirus and a monumental election and 2020 is shaping up to be an unprecedented year in the United States. But with crises and elections come false information online. As conscientious voters and health consumers, older Americans are often the target of this misinformation. This hands-on course will teach seniors how to tell what’s true and false online. MediaWise for Seniors Ambassadors, Christiane Amanpour and Joan Lunden, will pop in to share their advice as world renowned journalists and help you protect yourself against misinformation. That includes an in-depth look at how social media platforms work, techniques like reverse image searches for identifying false information and lessons on how to be a responsible news consumer and a frank chat about how to talk to family members who share misinformation.

Now more than ever, falling for false information on the internet is a matter of life and death. Thanks to support from Facebook, we are able to make this course tuition-free.


Release date: September 17, 2020

Lessons in this self-guided course will be available on September 17, 2020.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. Identify and spot the seven different types of misinformation and explain why someone shared them.
  2. Fact-check social media posts using tools and techniques of professional fact-checkers and report what you find to each social media platform.
  3. Verify the images and videos you encounter on the internet.
  4. Identify and consume online news responsibly.
  5. Explain to family members and friends the pitfalls of sharing misinformation and teach loved ones how to fact-check on their own.

Who should take this course?

The self-guided course is meant for people 50 years and older who regularly consume news online, often via social platforms like Facebook. The course does not require special internet skills or abilities and is meant for anyone hoping to better detect for themselves what’s true and what’s false online.


Alex Mahadevan

Alex Mahadevan

Senior Multimedia Reporter
The Poynter Institute

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