Checkology wins prestigious Webby Award

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NLP’s digital learning platform Checkology® has won a prestigious Webby People’s Voice Award, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced today.

The Academy’s 28th annual awards honor the “best of the internet,” recognizing artists, media companies and other creatives at the leading edge of tech and culture. Checkology won in the category of Websites and Mobile Sites — Responsible Information, which recognizes products, platforms, software and other technologies working to combat disinformation, misinformation and false or misleading information online.

Checkology was selected as an honoree from among 13,000 entries across the world. The Academy noted that just 4% of those entries won a Webby Award. The People’s Voice Award is decided by a popular online vote. The academy said more than 550,000 people cast 2.2 million votes this year.

“The future of our shared civic life depends on young people learning the skills necessary to find credible information online,” said News Literacy Project President and CEO Charles Salter. “Checkology is the most comprehensive resource on the internet to do just that. We are honored by this recognition and remain committed to our mission of building a future founded on facts.”

Checkology teaches vital news literacy skills

Checkology, a free digital learning platform, teaches people how to identify credible sources and discern fact-based information in a sea of falsehoods, manipulated content and viral rumors. The platform features 19 foundational news literacy lessons on topics including misinformation, conspiratorial thinking and news media bias. Respected journalists and leading experts guide the interactive lessons, which include real-life examples drawn from the internet, including social media platforms such as TikTok.

Primarily intended for middle and high school, more than 100,000 students used the platform last school year. Independent evaluations show students who completed Checkology lessons learned vital skills, including how to identify when social media posts fail to provide credible evidence. Launched in 2016, Checkology is just one of the many free resources offered by the News Literacy Project and used by educators in all 50 states.

Winners will be honored at a gala hosted by comedian Amber Ruffin on Monday, May 13, in New York City.

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