What we do
News Decoder is a global educational news service for young people. Our non-profit partners with schools around the world to teach journalistic and media literacy skills that extend students’ global horizons. Our mission is to help students develop internationally-recognized global citizenship competencies.
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 aims to help 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 their interconnectedness;
- and having the skills to communicate to global audiences.
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 educators teach these critical skills and behaviors.
News Decoder partners with schools and universities around the world, typically through annual, recurring school partnerships. A non-profit based in France with a global reach, we deliver hands-on educational services throughout the academic year, including:
- Correspondent-led workshops and webinars on topical global issues.
- Exclusive student access to our online educational resources, including a pitching portal for students to pitch story ideas and receive personalized editorial feedback; an e-learning library with courses on interviewing, podcasting, and media literacy; and guidebooks on interviewing and writing for public audiences.
- Publication of students’ content — articles, poems, podcasts, videos and photo reports — on our global news platform read by audiences around the world.
- Global webinars featuring schools in different parts of the world, where students connect and explore issues like climate change, gender violence and inequality and present their unique local perspective.
- Educators’ Catalog, a monthly newsletter for faculty featuring a curated selection of educational articles designed to be used in the classroom.
Partner schools use our educational services in a variety of ways.
- Faculty embed us in their classrooms, including English, History, Photography, Ethics and more.
- Global studies directors and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) IB Coordinators incorporate News Decoder programs and resources into their programs.
- Student clubs and student newspapers take advantage of our expert editors to enhance the quality of their work.
- Students individually engage with News Decoder: to publish stories, to enter our twice-yearly storytelling contest or to fulfill the CAS component of their IB Diploma Programme.
We invite you to learn more about the services we provide, how a school partnership works and its benefits to students by visiting our School Partnerships page.
News and content licensing
News Decoder publishes educational news articles and “decoders” by our 50+ correspondents, who are based around the world. Our correspondents have covered politics, health, the environment, economics, wars, diplomacy, corruption and religion for the world’s leading media outlets and have collectively covered most of the major news events of the past five decades.
Our non-profit licenses news content to commercial organizations interested in using our media content to complement their own editorial strategies or to engage an audience. In exceptional circumstances, we permit republication of our content for educational or non-profit use free of charge, upon request. Please visit our Content Licensing page to learn more.
News Decoder’s leadership team and correspondents give keynote addresses and lead educational workshops at schools and universities, educational conferences and special events. In recent years, our leadership team has been invited to speak at Oxford University, numerous Global Issues Network summits and conferences for schools.
We invite you to learn more about our speaking services and the topics we present on by visiting our Speaking Engagements page.
Who we are
News Decoder is the educational services unit 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 composed 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, and our trustees and advisors, who have deep experience in journalism, education and business administration.
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Nelson Graves is the Founder and President of News Decoder and an experienced educator and administrator. Graves 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 in Italy.
Maria Krasinski is News Decoder’s Managing Director. She has more than 15 years of experience leading global education, youth media and cultural exchange programs. A published illustrator, Krasinski served in the Peace Corps in Tbilisi, Georgia. She holds master’s degrees in International Relations and Public Policy from the University of Chicago, where she also earned her undergraduate degree.
Thea Lacey is News Decoder’s Director of Development. Lacey has 15 years of experience managing fundraising and programmes for mostly humanitarian and development NGOs, both small and large, including five years based in West and Central Africa. She holds an undergraduate degree in Politics from the University of Edinburgh and a postgraduate degree in International Development from SOAS University of London.
Stefani Aleksandrova is News Decoder’s Project Management Intern for the Erasmus+ Writing’s on the Wall project. Born and raised in Bulgaria, she is a passionate sustainability enthusiast with valuable experience in EU Public Affairs, project management and strategic communication. She holds an undergraduate degree in International Development with Economics from the University of Bath (UK) and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Governance and Diplomacy at the Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po – Paris.
Jessica Strickland is News Decoder’s Program and Communications Intern. Originally from Canada, Strickland has worked as a communications specialist for eight years and loves to put a creative spin on all her projects. She is pursuing her Master’s in Global Communications at The American University of Paris.
You can help create a trusted global news platform where young people can learn about the world’s biggest issues, engage with others and express their viewpoints.
We work closely with youth in all parts of the world, helping them learn through workshops, webinars, e-learning courses and publication opportunities.
With the generous support of donors like you, our nonprofit can continue to grow and enable schools of limited means to join our global education and journalism programs.