Journal Become a Better Writer Certificate

Course Overview

Journal Become a Better Writer 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 / Journal “Become a Better Writer Certificate” indicates that participants have a solid foundation in writing tools and techniques, as well as the ability to collect and select details that turn routine reporting into powerful storytelling. This certificate of proficiency is given to those who have an understanding of the essential skills and best practices.

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:

Any writers, reporters, bloggers, editors, producers who want to improve their writing's grammar, punctuation, focus, tone or structure. This program is available only to staff of the Journal Media Group.

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.

The Journal Media Group

Journal Media Group serves local news consumers with print and digital publishing operations serving 14 U.S. markets in eight states, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Naples Daily News, The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal, and the Ventura County Star.

Formed in 2015 through a merger of the newspaper operations of The E.W. Scripps Company and Journal Communications, Inc., the company includes daily newspapers, affiliated community publications, and a growing portfolio of digital products that inform, engage and empower readers and advertisers. Learn more at