What we do
News-Decoder is a global educational news service for young people. We partner with schools around the world and accompany students through an editorial process that includes identifying story ideas, conducting reporting, consulting experts, developing multimedia content and publishing for a global audience. 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. We teach interviewing, reporting and writing skills; we mentor students; we connect them with experts and peers in diverse countries; we host a private forum for the exchange of ideas; and we publish their content on our global platform.
We help young people better understand global issues by publishing news content that is written by experienced journalists with young people in mind. The content “decodes” complex, global issues — geopolitics, economics, human rights, migration, the environment. We encourage educators to use our decoders as a teaching resource. To learn more about our educational program and how to become an academic partner, 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 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.
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.