Introducing News-Decoder


News-Decoder fosters global understanding by building a borderless community of young people keen to extend their horizons, learn about international affairs and challenge assumptions.

News outlets scrambling for a scoop leave young people in the lurch -- aware of breaking events but struggling to understand the significance. N-D addresses the knowledge gap and brings young adults from around the world together on a common platform for sharing insights and perspectives.

News-Decoder has a website with articles, photographs and video by our correspondents, experts and young contributors. It is linked to a digital platform allowing millennials to debate and discuss the big issues and to exchange insights among themselves and with experts. News-Decoder is a borderless forum for the exchange of ideas among the future leaders of the world.

News-Decoder is part of a French not-for-profit (association loi de 1901) called Nouvelles-Découvertes whose mission is to inform young people around the world about international relations "with tolerance, objectivity and broad vision."

It's an ambitious goal but well worth it.

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News-Decoder works with academic institutions around the world. Currently, we have 14 members, spread across eight countries, in our network. Our service gives schools access to publishing opportunities, global conversations and mentoring programs with our experienced correspondents.

We work closely with the academic institutions in our network. We are proactive, supportive and hands-on. At News-Decoder, we put the emphasis on students, giving them the skills and opportunities to shine while simultaneously bringing success to their schools.

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Nelson Graves is the founder of News-Decoder and an experienced educator and administrator who has taught and worked on three continents.Nelson was born in Buffalo, New York, and has traveled the world as a foreign correspondent and educator. He was a correspondent, bureau chief and regional managing editor at Reuters, 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 Europe, and has worked with schools around the world.

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Savannah Jenkins joined News-Decoder in January 2018 to oversee business development and assist with community engagement and social media management. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but has lived in Paris, France for the last five years. Before News-Decoder, Savannah worked at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) where she handled program and speaker development for the ICC's largest event, The World Chambers Congress.


The News-Decoder Community


  • I’m Galo Arellano a jorunalist with Univision in Miami – FL we would like to contact Robert Holloway ASAP. This is related with the terrorist attack in Nice.

  • How can I be a contributor to you. I am living and working in the Middle East for over 26 years. Fluent in 3 languages, and fairly well in 2 – 3 other languages.

  • Excellent initiative by Nelson and his impressive team of writers. I find the pieces highly readable, fresh and insightful. Great job. A compulsory reading by me. Will recommend to my NST editors.

  • Hello. My name is Ayesha Ghulati and I am a student at Queen Mary, University of London studying French and Hispanic Studies. As part of my degree, the third year is a compulsory Year Abroad. I have just finished 4 months at the University of Avignon and I will be starting my studies at the University of Salamanca. Whilst I was in Avignon, I wrote various blogs and I would like to have them published on your website. Please inform me the best way to send you the blogs.

    Best regards.

  • Congratulations – what a good idea and – so important to focus on youth and understanding, background, explanation – i.e. knowledge instead of just information. I’m the director of the Transnational Foundation – – in Lund, Sweden. 30 years in support of the UN Charter norm to make peace by peaceful means. I’ve got about 40 years of research and education experience in peace and conflict studies and on-the-ground experience in a series of hotspots. If you are interested – as you say towards the end of your video – in cooperating with academic institutions too, please contact me at – My best – Jan Oberg

  • Congratulations, Nelson, on harvesting the decades, if not centuries, of journalistic excellence among our former
    colleagues to forge News-Decoder — exactly the kind of news portal I have been longing for as I
    drown in a sea of mediocre network news reporting. Found out about ND from David Schlesinger’s FB post!
    K.T. Arasu

  • I’ve been spending some time on News Decoder: Highly readable articles. Every piece has a voice and it can be heard clearly. Any millennial who wants to broaden her or his knowledge about what’s going on in the world must spend some time on News Decoder. Nelson, you have done an excellent job. Wishing you all the best in building the team.

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