McClatchy Improve Your Writing Certificate

Course Overview

McClatchy Improve Your Writing Certificate
Certificate Program

About Certificate Programs

Certificates of proficiency are designed to measure your knowledge of essential skills or information. To receive a certificate, take the NewsU courses associated with that certificate program and then successfully complete the online assessment for each course. Once you've passed all the assessments, you will receive your certificate from Poynter's NewsU.

The Poynter NewsU / McClatchy “Improve Your Writing Certificate” indicates that participants have a solid foundation in grammar, AP style and punctuation, as well as the ability to spot their own errors and make their writing fit the medium. This certificate of proficiency is given to those who have an understanding of the essential skills and best practices. As expressed in the survey responses, training is needed in basic style, grammar, punctuation and editing.

Complete each of the courses in this certificate program, then take the assessments for each one. Questions from each assessment will cover content from each course. You'll have three chances to pass each assessment.

Here's how this works: You have to be enrolled in the certificate program in order to earn your certificate. If you enroll in each course individually, you will not have access to the certificate. You can enroll in the certificate program by clicking the blue "Enroll Now" button on the right. And if you have any questions, you can always contact us at

Who Benefits From This Certificate:

This program is for employees of The McClatchy Company only.

Any writers, reporters, bloggers, editors, producers who want to improve their writing's grammar, punctuation, focus, tone or structure.

How Certificates Work:
  • Each assessment contains about 15-20 multiple-choice and true-false questions
  • You must score at least 80 percent to pass each assessment
  • You'll get three chances to pass each assessment
  • You'll have 30 minutes to complete each assessment
  • When you pass all the assessments, you will receive your certificate

Questions? Read our Certificates FAQ or contact us.


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