Certificate Program and Digital Course Packs

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. Use certificates and course packs as a way to evaluate students' skills or to supplement other teaching materials.

Custom programs have been developed in partnership with the several universities, including the University of South Florida and Marquette University. Interested in a custom program for your class or school? Contact us at info@newsu.org.

NewsU's Certificate and Digital Course Pack Programs give you a cost-effective way to augment your curriculum, assess student skills and take advantage of online learning. Both programs feature a selection of NewsU training courses that are bundled together with the course assignments, readings and assessments, and both give you more time to spend on teaching and less on administrative tasks. There’s also an Instructor Dashboard™ that allows you to monitor students' progress within each course.

Learn more about each option and find out which one is right for you.


Students who successfully complete the required assessments in a Certificate Program receive a Poynter Certificate of Proficiency. Within this program, there are two options: pre-selected certificates and custom certificates.

Pre-Selected Certificates: Our pre-selected menu covers the basics of journalism and includes some of our most popular courses.
* Basic Reporting and Writing Certificate Program
* Multimedia Basics Certificate Program
* Understanding Journalism Certificate Program
* Entrepreneurial Journalism
* Social Media
* Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing

Custom Certificates: Build your own training program with our custom certificates. Choose courses from NewsU's extensive curriculum of more than 300 self-directed courses, Webinars and tutorials to create a certificate that’s targeted to your students' needs. You also have the opportunity to co-brand the certificate with your university and The Poynter Institute.

See our complete list of certificates.

Digital Course Packs

Digital Course Packs gather self-directed training and assessments in a convenient package to supplement your syllabus. They combine NewsU's online training courses with two critical features for educators: tracking and assessments. You can assess your student's learning via multiple-choice quizzes and track information such as time spent and number of log-ons through the Instructor Dashboard™. Choose from NewsU's extensive curriculum to create a course pack that enhances your syllabus. See our complete list of Digital Course Packs here. Learn more about digital course packs in our blog. For more information, contact us at info@newsu.org.

Questions? Read our Certificate FAQ here or contact us at contact us at info@newsu.org.

Available Certificate Programs and Course Packs