The Poynter Institute is a nonprofit that caters to the journalism profession. It is offering certificates in fact-checking to “bloggers, writers, reporters, editors, publishers, teachers and anyone who is interested in fact-checking.”

“When you earn the Poynter Fact-Checking Certificate, you’ll have greater confidence in saying what’s true, partially true or absolutely false,” the website Poynter.org claims.

Here's how Poynter describes the process:

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

Normally the certificate costs $150 but is now only $99.

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