About us

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.

Our services

School partnerships

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; 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 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 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 educational 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, upon request. Please visit our Content Licensing page to learn more.

Speaking engagements

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 by visiting our Speaking Engagements page.

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, and our trustees and advisors, who have deep experience in journalism, education and administration.

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Lauren Heuser

Nelson Graves is the founder 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

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.

Tendayi O. Chirawu is News Decoder’s communications and school engagement manager. A triply African citizen, she 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 joined News Decoder in July 2020 and has experience working for non-profit and for-profit organizations in Africa, Asia and Europe. Tendayi is a published author and has previous journalism experience, having written for international news publications.

Malik Figaro is a News Decoder intern. A recent graduate of Friends Seminary in New York City, Malik is taking a gap year before embarking on his college journey in 2021. Prior to joining the News Decoder team, Malik was a student ambassador for News Decoder; he has published an article on mass incarceration’s impact on families, and co-led a webinar on climate change, homelessness and gender inequality.

Why Donate?

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.

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