News Literacy Certificate

News literacy

The News Literacy Certificate program enhances students’ ability to discern between credible information and information disorder through critical examination of how we access, analyze, verify, create and share media messages with an emphasis on news.

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Charlotte Norsworthy Varnum, Program Coordinator

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“The news literacy certificate amplified the training I received from Grady College. I feel more prepared as I’m beginning my career as a journalist, having the skills to spot in truthfulness in an era of misinformation.”

Ashley Balsavias

(AB ’23)


“As journalists, we have the crucial responsibility and duty of separating the truths from the falsehoods to keep the public informed. The News Literacy Certificate equipped me with the skills and knowledge to do just that.”

Sydney Hood

(AB ’23)


Students can automatically enroll in the Certificate of News Literacy through their Athena account once registered for the introductory course, JOUR 3030. Students do not need special permission to enroll in the certificate and can enroll at any time.