News & Media Literacy


About our News Literacy 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 as independent entrepreneurs. We teach those who teach, as well as students in middle school, high school and college—the journalists of tomorrow. And we teach members of the public, helping them better understand how journalism is produced and how to tell for themselves whether it’s 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, online group seminars, Webinars, online chats, podcasts and video tutorials.

In the effort to educate the public on credible journalism, The Poynter Institute hosts various projects aimed at news and media literacy.

About Poynter's Sense-Making Project


The Poynter Institute began its Sense-Making Initiative in 2009, aimed at educating the public on becoming more news literate. With yearly grants from the Ford Foundation, the project has now expanded to include credibility, ethics and business training for journalists and members of the Fifth Estate - freelancers, bloggers, entrepreneurs and other media independents.

About NewsTrust


NewsTrust has joined the Poynter family of sites, thanks to a gift from its founder. The Poynter Institute has been a NewsTrust partner since 2009 and collaborated regularly to the social news network, and this acquisition is part of the Institute's commitment to news literacy and journalism education.

A nonprofit news service, NewsTrust promotes good journalism, news literacy and civic engagement. They provide a wide range of tools that empower citizens to access quality news and information -- and learn to separate fact from fiction about important public issues.

NewsTrust.net, a social news network, features a daily feed of quality news and opinions from mainstream and independent sources, based on ratings from reviewers. The web review tools enable people to rate stories for accuracy, fairness, sourcing, context and other core journalistic principles — and become more discriminating news consumers in the process. NewsTrust also rates reviewers based on performance, to help them grow their own news literacy and increase the reliability of our reviews.

In addition to the social news site, NewsTrust new tools and practices to teach news literacy, through a variety of online guides, teacher guides and student guides. Other tools include MyNews, a personal filter that lets you find news that matters to you, by following favorite topics, trusted sources, as well as recommendations from your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

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 250 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 Media Literacy: Resources


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 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.

HANDLING RACE AND ETHNICITY

Examine whether and how to use racial and ethnic descriptions in news stories.

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.