News & Media Literacy


About our News Literacy and Fact-Checking Programs


The Poynter Institute is a school that exists to ensure that our communities have access to excellent journalism—the kind of journalism that enables us to participate fully and effectively in our democracy.

We teach those who manage, edit, produce, program, report, write, blog, photograph and design, whether they belong to news organizations or work independently. We teach those who teach, as well as students—the journalists and news consumers of tomorrow. And we teach members of the public how to tell for themselves whether information is credible.

  • We teach in seminar rooms on our main campus in St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • We teach in newsrooms all over the world.
  • We teach online at Poynter's News University, allowing those in search of training to choose from hundreds of self-directed courses.
  • We also host a range of public events to help the public better understand issues surrounding journalism and the people who produce it.

About Poynter's News University


Poynter's NewsU is one of the world's most innovative online journalism and media training programs ever created. From multimedia techniques to writing and reporting, we've got more than 400 free and low-cost courses. As the e-learning project of The Poynter Institute, NewsU extends Poynter’s mission as a school for journalists, future journalists, teachers of journalism and anyone interested in the craft and values of journalism.

News and Media Literacy


The Poynter Institute and News University deeply value education in news literacy. We provide resources for self-studying journalists and educators who seek transparency and truth in the digital age.

NEWS LITERACY PRIMER: HOW TO EVALUATE INFORMATION

The knowledge and tools to sift through content of all types and sort fact from opinion, news from nonsense.

NEWS SENSE: THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF NEWS

What makes an idea or event a news story? Explore the who, what, when, where, why and how of news.

SOURCES, VERIFICATION, AND CREDIBILITY

Analyze and judge the reliability of news and information.

UNDERSTANDING MEDIA: PROCESS AND PRINCIPLES

Every day, we're bombarded with media messages. Learn how to deconstruct and analyze what you see.

GETTING IT RIGHT: ACCURACY AND VERIFICATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Learn how and why errors occur in journalism, the challenges of verifying information in a networked world and how you can verify what you read and hear.

WATCHING TV NEWS: HOW TO BE A SMARTER VIEWER

There's more to being a news consumer than just watching the news. Learn to evaluate TV news and become a discriminating consumer.

FIRST AMENDMENT FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALIST

Gain a better understanding of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

JOURNALISM FUNDAMENTALS: CRAFTS & VALUES

Explore essential journalism skills and principles in this introduction to producing news.

Fact-Checking


The Poynter Institute is home to the International Fact-Checking Network, which launched in September 2015, in recognition of the fact that a booming crop of fact-checking initiatives could benefit from an organization that promotes best practices and exchanges in this field.

NEWS ABOUT FACT-CHECKING

Stories about trends and best practices in fact-checking worldwide. Also, updates from the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN).

FACT-CHECKING: HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS IN ACCOUNTABILITY JOURNALISM

Gain the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to begin or improve a high-quality fact-checking program.

HOW TO FACT-CHECK POLITICS AND THE MEDIA: A PRIMER

Gain the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to begin or improve a high-quality fact-checking program.

MAKING FACT-CHECKING VIDEOS YOU'LL ACTUALLY WANT TO WATCH

Some steps you could use to make sorting facts from fiction into content that is both rigorous and fun to watch.

POYNTER FACT-CHECKING CERTIFICATE

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

News Literacy Blogs


Regret the Error

Craig Silverman tracks accuracy, errors & the craft of verification in this Poynter.org blog.

Sense-making

Adam Hochberg, Bill Krueger, Steve Myers and Latoya Peterson explain the emerging ways that information is created and consumed, from the Fourth Estate to the Fifth Estate in this Poynter.org blog.


For Educators

Certificate Program and Digital Course Packs

Interested in teaching news literacy in your classroom? Assess your students’ understanding of essential journalism skills and best practices with a certificate program or digital course pack from Poynter’s NewsU. You conduct the teaching and coaching, and we provide the readings, activities and assessments.

Face-to-Face: Conversations with Journalists

Put your students face-to-face with journalists they'd never otherwise meet, learning about the immense power of reliable information—and the challenges of getting it. Speakers include journalists, newsmakers, bloggers and war correspondents in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.