Gigaverse’s credentials enable clients, employers, and partners to set clear expectations regarding your work and professional conduct. Companies and individuals draw from our base of credentialed members when looking for trustworthy employees and partners.
In addition to being showcased on Gigaverse profiles, credentials can be displayed elsewhere online using Credly and Mozilla’s Open Badge infrastructure, both of which are secure and easy to use.
You may earn Gigaverse credentials independently (and for free) by utilizing our peer review-based vetting process. Should you prefer to undergo an expedited vetting process, you may also pay to be reviewed by Gigaverse admins.
Requirements to Earn Online Journalist Credentials
- Have two members endorse your online journalism skills
- Have two members endorse your work’s adherence to Gigaverse standards
- Have two members endorse your grammar proficiency
- Submit six (admin-approved) endorsements of others members’ skills, grammar proficiency, or standards adherence
- Pass Gigaverse’s Online Journalism course
- Complete your Gigaverse profile
To pass Gigaverse’s Online Journalism course, you must complete each lesson’s quiz with a score above 80%.
A complete Gigaverse profile must present:
- A non-pixelated profile photo
- A bio free of significant grammatical errors that succinctly explains who you are (and specifically, what distinguishes you from other digital identities)
- At least two links to complete expressions of your digital identity online
- At least three portfolio pieces that (1) you created, (2) do not violate another’s copyright, and (3) link back to external any sources referenced (or provide citations)
For a Gigaverse member to meet our community-wide standards:
- All portfolio pieces meet our copyright standards
- All portfolio pieces meet our source and citation standards
- Public online activity and portfolio pieces adhere to our source verification standards
- Public online activity and portfolio pieces adhere to our standards for ethical conduct
We evaluate grammar proficiency by reviewing your bio, portfolio pieces, and external links. Should we find more than three glaring mistakes within your bio, portfolio pieces, websites, or social media profiles (namely, profiles’ bios and “about” sections), you will not qualify as having sufficient grammar skills for these credentials.
You will be expected to demonstrate your journalism skills by:
- Responding to emails within 36 hours
- Explaining the routine, tools, and tactics you use to monitor the news and subjects you cover in response to an email from a potential endorser
- Demonstrating an ability to write in more than one tone and for more than one audience
- Presenting at least one piece of search-friendly content in your Gigaverse portfolio
- Linking to at least three active social media profiles from your Gigaverse profile
- Linking to an external portfolio that contains at least ten clips
Should you not have experience writing for digital publications or other clients, it is OK for clips and portfolio pieces to be independent journalistic pieces (e.g. blog posts reporting on local news or providing tech industry analysis).
Your ability to write in different tones and for different audiences will be determined by the nature of your Gigaverse portfolio pieces or additional clips that are accessible via your profile’s offsite links.
For more information on content that is considered to be search friendly, visit our guide and checklist. Social media profiles you share must have profile photos and complete bios, be over two months old, not appear empty, and contain content that has been posted within 30 days.
Your experience creating journalistic content must be proven by a link to at least one external online portfolio or an author page with a digital publication that contains at least ten clips. Clips may be presented through multiple portfolios (e.g. an author page on Forbes and a more eclectic assemblage of clips presented on Muck Rack).
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Only take this lesson’s quiz if you are enrolled in the course and want to prove your skills and earn official credentials. Credentials related to a course are useful if you would like to find work related to this course’s career, as we direct businesses and entrepreneurs to our membership page when they approach us looking for specialists.
Finally, make sure you have reviewed this lesson’s required reading (displayed at the top right of the page) before taking the quiz- you will be tested on information covered in those guides!