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 journalistic skills that extend students’ horizons and understanding of global issues. Our mission is to help students develop 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 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. We deliver our unique and hands-on educational services throughout the academic year. These services include:
- Correspondent-led workshops and webinars on interviewing, writing, media literacy and topical global issues.
- Exclusive student access to our online educational resources, including a pitching portal that enables students to pitch story ideas and receive personalized editorial feedback; e-Learning courses; and guidebooks on reporting and writing for public audiences.
- Publication of students’ content — articles, poems, podcasts, videos and photo reports — on our global news platform, which is read by audiences around the world.
- Global webinars between partner schools that enable students in different parts of the world to connect and explore pressing global issues like climate change, gender violence and social inequality.
- Distribution of our “decoders” — articles written by our correspondents that explain complex global issues and end with a series of questions aimed at prompting further classroom discussion and debate.
Our educational services are used by partner schools in a variety of ways. Faculty embed us in their classrooms; global studies leaders and CAS coordinators incorporate News Decoder into their programs; student clubs — including journalism clubs — leverage our resources to bolster the quality of their work; and students individually engage with us, including through our twice-yearly storytelling contest or to fulfill the Creativity, Activity, Service 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 authoritative news articles and “decoders” by our 50+ correspondents, who are based around the world. Our correspondents have deep experience covering politics, health, the environment, economics, wars, diplomacy, corruption and religion and have collectively covered most of the major news events of the past five decades.
We license our news content to commercial organizations interested in using our media content to complement their own editorial strategies or to engage an audience. We permit republication of our content for educational or non-profit use free of charge. 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 international schools.
We invite you to learn more about our speaking services and the topics we present on and to contact us if you are keen to engage us for your next event.
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.
Angela Gu is News Decoder’s summer intern. She has experience working with student publications and is passionate about creating opportunities for emerging writers. Angela is currently a law student pursuing the combined JD/MBA degree at the University of Toronto, where she completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts. She speaks some French, some conversational Mandarin, and she is learning Spanish and Italian through travel and song.