Poynter Fact-Checking Certificate

Course Overview

Poynter Fact-Checking Certificate
Certificate Program

Thanks to the support of the Democracy Fund, the National Endowment for Democracy, the New America Foundation, the Omidyar Network, the Rita Allen Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, this $150 certificate is just $99. This program includes all the courses, plus assessments, that let your earn your certificate in fact-checking. Looking for more ways to build your resume and boost your skills? See our complete lineup of certificate programs.

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.

You probably already consider yourself a fact-checker: You do research, verify information and share your work with your audience. The courses in this online program delve more deeply into the practices of verification and accuracy.

When you earn the Poynter Fact-Checking Certificate, you'll have greater confidence in saying what's true, partially true or absolutely false.

Courses included in this package

NOTE: Enroll in the course pack by clicking on the blue Enroll Now button and not in these courses separately. (Please note: Enrolling in the courses separately will not count toward the certificate.)

  • Fact-Checking: How to Improve Your Skills in Accountability Journalism: Gain the fundamental knowledge to launch fact-checking processes in your organization or start your own program.

  • Fact-Checking 101: This webinar will clarify the fact-checking process for the uninitiated and provide new tips for seasoned checkers.

  • Making Fact-Checking Videos You'll Actually Want to Watch: Explore the steps you can take to make sorting facts from fiction into content that is both rigorous and fun to watch.

  • Fact-Checking and Debunking: Covering Rumors, Hoaxes and Gossip: You've seen it happen. Someone shares compelling content — only to find out the image was faked or the rumor wasn't true. Learn how you can verify information before you publish and report on misinformation without perpetuating it.

  • How to Fact-Check Politics and the Media: A Primer: Through this webinar, you will learn what can and can't be fact-checked after publication, what precautions you should use to make your fact-checking as rigorous as possible and what approach you can take to increase the impact of your fact checks.

  • Making the Case for Fact-Checking in Your Newsroom: This webinar examines what we know about the effectiveness of fact-checking among voters, politicians and journalists.

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Who Benefits From This Certificate:

Bloggers, writers, reporters, editors, publishers, teachers and anyone who is interested in fact-checking.

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.