What we do
News Decoder is a global educational news service for young people. We partner with schools around the world to teach journalistic and media literacy skills that extend students’ global horizons. Our mission is to help students develop the 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. 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 that enables students to pitch story ideas and receive personalized editorial feedback; our E-Learning Course Library; 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, which is read by audiences around the world.
- Global webinars between schools in different parts of the world that enable students to connect and explore pressing global issues like climate change, gender violence and inequality.
- Educators’ Catalog, a monthly mailout to faculty featuring a curated selection of educational articles that are designed to be used in the classroom.
Our educational services are used by partner schools in a variety of ways. Faculty embed us in their classrooms; global studies directors and Creativity, Activity, Service 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 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.
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. 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. 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 News Decoder’s Chief Strategy Officer. 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.
Tendayi O. Chirawu is News Decoder’s Communications and School Engagement Manager. A triply African citizen, Tendayi completed a double Masters in Global Communication & Civil Society at the American University of Paris and holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Sociology of Gender. She has experience working for non-profit and for-profit organizations in Africa, Asia and Europe. She is a published author and has previous journalism experience, having written for international news publications.
Thea Lacey is News Decoder’s Director of Development. Thea 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.
Marnie Vaz is a News Decoder Intern. Marnie obtained an MSc in Global Environment, Politics and Society from The University of Edinburgh in 2018 and attended Falmouth University in 2014. She has previously worked at sea and volunteered with two UK non-profits.
We need your support to fulfill our mission of creating 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.
Our nonprofit depends on the generosity of donors to grow and enable schools of limited means to partner with us.