Our mission

News-Decoder is a trusted source of news developed for and by young people around the world. Our mission is to foster global understanding by building a borderless community of young people keen to extend their horizons, learn about international affairs and challenge assumptions.

News-Decoder is part of a French non-profit called Nouvelles-Découvertes. Its mission is to inform young people about international relations “with tolerance, objectivity and broad vision.”

Our services

We fulfill our mission in two key ways:

We publish original, trusted content on our site that is developed by experienced journalists and written with young people in mind. This content “decodes” complex issues relating to democracy, human rights, immigration, climate change, geopolitics and global conflict.

We partner with academic institutions to create opportunities for their students to expand their horizons by participating in webinars and workshops, communicating with students in diverse countries and developing multimedia content that we publish on our site.

Our 2019-2020 brochure 

Our team

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Nelson Graves is the founder of News-Decoder. He is an experienced educator and administrator. He 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 managing editor and 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. Before entering journalism, she practiced for three years as a corporate lawyer at a leading international law firm.

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Alexandra Gray is News-Decoder’s community engagement and business development manager. Alexandra has a bachelor of arts from the American University of Paris, and recently obtained a master in marketing from the University of Edinburgh where she graduated first in her class. She also spent one year in high school at one of News-Decoder’s partner institutions, School Year Abroad Italy.