Poynter News Literacy Certificate

Course Overview

Poynter News Literacy Certificate
Certificate Program

This $150 certificate is being offered at an introductory rate of $99. 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.

Massive amounts of information from countless sources compete for our attention every day. It can be challenging to sort through all the news, analysis, opinions, dubious claims and phony sources to figure out which information you can trust.

We’ve developed this news literacy certificate to help. The on-demand courses in this package will give you the strategies and skills to separate news from noise and fact from fiction. When you’re done, you’ll have greater confidence in sifting through what you read, hear and see. You'll be a better news consumer, a better news producer and a better citizen in a democracy.

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.)

  • Sources, Verification and Credibility. Information comes in many forms. Here's how you can identify and evaluate your sources.
  • News Literacy Primer. How to think like a journalist and examine what you read, see and hear.
  • Getting It Right: Accuracy and Verification in the Digital Age. Learn how and why errors occur and what you can do to prevent publishing inaccurate information.
  • Understanding Media: Process and Principles. How to decode media messages so you can become a more informed consumer and, in turn, a better creator of your own media messages.

Looking for more training?

See all our News and Media Literacy programs and our complete lineup of certificate programs, including our Fact-Checking Certificate to build your resume and boost your skills.

Who Benefits From This Certificate:

Anyone who wants to be a better news consumer and news producer.

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.