What we do
News Decoder is a global educational news service for young people. We partner with schools around the world to teach media literacy and accompany students through an editorial process that includes identifying story ideas, conducting reporting, consulting experts, developing multimedia content and presenting it to global audiences. We help students develop journalistic skills and behaviors that make them better global citizens.
Why we do it
In 2012, the United Nations set global citizenship education as a top priority. Global citizenship is the idea that we all belong to a broad community and common humanity, despite differences in political, economic, social and cultural systems.
Global citizenship education helps young people develop a set of core competencies. These include being able to think critically and solve problems; having a sense of empathy and appreciation of diversity; being knowledgeable about important global issues; and having the skills to communicate to global audiences. To learn more about global citizenship education, click here.
We understand that teaching global citizenship is easier said than done. It entails teaching students to challenge assumptions, separate fact from opinion, consider conflicting viewpoints, identify solutions and communicate clearly and impartially. As an innovative educational resource, we help schools teach these critical skills and behaviors.
News Decoder provides partner schools with unique, hands-on educational services. Our editorial team and correspondents teach reporting, writing and media literacy skills; write "decoders" that explain complex global issues; mentor students and connect them with experts and peers in diverse countries; and publish students' multimedia content on our global platform. To learn more about our educational program and how to become an academic partner, click here.
News Decoder's leadership team and correspondents also give keynote addresses and lead educational workshops at schools and universities, educational conferences and special events. To learn more about our speaking services, click here.
Who we are
News Decoder is part of the French non-profit Nouvelles-Découvertes. Its mission is to inform young people about international relations “with tolerance, objectivity and broad vision.”
Our management team is comprised of the individuals profiled below. We are also enriched by our large network of correspondents, who have decades of experience reporting for the world's leading media organizations, as well as by our trustees and advisors, who have deep experience in journalism and education.
Nelson Graves is the founder of News Decoder. He is an experienced educator and administrator. Nelson was a correspondent, bureau chief and regional managing editor at Reuters for 24 years, holding posts in Washington, Paris, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Milan and Tokyo. He later served as admissions director at Johns Hopkins University’s graduate program in international relations.
Lauren Heuser is the chief strategy officer of News Decoder. Lauren has a master in business administration from INSEAD and a law degree from the University of Toronto. She previously worked as a deputy editor and journalist for a national Canadian newspaper. Prior to entering journalism, she practiced for three years as a corporate lawyer at a leading international law firm.
Savannah Jenkins is News Decoder’s Communications Manager. A dual American British citizen, she completed a double major in International and Comparative Politics, History, Law and Society at the American University of Paris. She initially joined News Decoder in 2018 and has experience working for non-profit and for-profit organizations. Savannah recently completed a stint volunteering in Greece, where she provided emergency relief to refugees.
Dylan Carlson Sirvent is an intern at News Decoder. Dylan was born in León, Guanajuato in Mexico where he grew up until moving to the U.S. state of Ohio at the age of 12. Currently on a gap year, he is living in Paris, France where he is learning French and taking guitar classes. Dylan will attend Yale University in Fall 2020. He loves reading, playing music and learning languages.