Newtral’s Ana Pastor and El Mundo’s Lucía Mendez lead Spanish speakers in a free 10-day WhatsApp course designed by MediaWise.

The daily 5-minute lessons include simple, yet practical, techniques designed to improve digital engagement and awareness. By the end of the course, learners will be able to identify and explain different types of misinformation, and practice techniques professional fact-checkers use for verification.

MediaWise partnered with Newtral to customize and localize the educational content. Newtral is a media startup focused on the production of programs for television and platforms, new narratives in social networks, innovation in journalism through fact-checking and research based on artificial intelligence. Universidad de Navarra, a consolidated research center will evaluate the impact of this program.

Mendez, editor-in-chief of El Mundo, and Pastor, journalist and founder of Newtral, join this educational effort as MediaWise Ambassadors. They walk learners through the daily WhatsApp message, question and video. Participants must respond to the question to guarantee a lesson the next day.


  • Lucía Mendez
    Editor-in-Chief, El Mundo & Columnist (Spain)
    Born in Palacios de Sanabria (Zamora), Lucía Mendez holds a degree in Information Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid. She took her first steps...
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  • Ana Pastor
    Founder, Newtral & Journalist (Spain)
    Ana Pastor has worked for the most important media companies of Spain: newspapers, magazines, radio, television and online platforms. Since 2013, she has been the...
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  • Vanya Tsvetkova
    Interactive Learning Designer, MediaWise
    Vanya Tsvetkova develops curricula in various formats to teach fact-checking and media literacy skills to audiences of all ages in the U.S. and abroad. Vanya...
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  • Miriam Valverde
    Deputy Editor, PolitiFact
    Miriam Valverde is a fact-checker for PolitiFact. Previously, she reported for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Bradenton Herald, the Boston Globe and a Boston Spanish-language...
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  • Brittani Kollar
    Deputy Director, MediaWise
    Brittani Kollar is the deputy director of MediaWise. Brittani manages international initiatives for Poynter’s MediaWise. Partnering with stakeholders in Brazil, France, Spain and Turkey, she...
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  • Alex Mahadevan
    Director, MediaWise
    Alex Mahadevan is the Director of the MediaWise project. Alex was most recently the Program Manager of MediaWise. Prior to joining the staff at Poynter,...
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