ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS

Do you enjoy news stories, creative writing, podcasts or videos? Do you want to learn more about the big issues facing your generation?

If you said yes, News Decoder’s open access learning resources are for you. Whether you’re a secondary student, studying at university or simply interested in learning new skills, News Decoder will help you build your journalism skills and better understand big global issues.

 

  • PITCH A STORY: Submit your story ideas through News Decoder’s pitch portal and one of our professional editors will give you personalized feedback.
  • JOIN A DISCUSSION: Learn about and debate topics in the news with youth and experts around the world in our Decoder Dialogues.
  • BUILD YOUR SKILLS: Follow our self-guided tutorials to learn to make a podcast, be a better writer and more.
  • TAKE A QUIZ: Show what you know with our world knowledge quizzes.
  • FIND OPPORTUNITIES: Learn about upcoming contests, conferences or internship opportunities for young people.

BE HEARD

Get published on our global news site

Did you know that News Decoder not only publishes content by experienced journalists, but also by youth? We want to hear your stories!

Youth under 25 years old from any country are invited to submit an original story to News Decoder. Submissions can be in any form (reported articles, personal reflections, interviews, creative writing) and in any format (written stories, podcasts, photo essays, video — or a multimedia combination!).

Please note that submitting a story does not guarantee you’ll be published. News Decoder maintains the highest editorial standards. Be sure your story is balanced, authoritative, compelling and relevant for a global audience.

Follow these News Decoder Publishing Tips before submitting your story.

You can also check out our writing tips for aspiring authors for guidance on creating a great story.

BeHeard

Get started by completing the pitch form below.

News Decoder Pitch Form

PublicWebinars

DECODER DIALOGUES

Discuss and debate the big ideas affecting your generation

Decoder Dialogues bring experts and young people together around the same virtual table to tackle big — and sometimes controversial — topics. From climate change and technology to free speech and political movements, join the conversation on the issues that matter most to you. These events are free and open to anyone around the world.

 

PREVIOUS WEBINARS:

“The War in Ukraine” | 14 March 2022 


What does Russia’s invasion of Ukraine mean for the future of those two countries? For Europe? For the world? News Decoder correspondents and students from four continents engaged in a dialogue to tackle these crucial questions. Watch a 4-minute recap above, or the full one-hour discussion.

"Is Democracy Doomed?" | 10 November 2021

Students from Belgium, Romania and the U.S. debated the future of democracy with Mete Coban, a leading youth democracy advocate from the U.K. See the full replay here.

Learning Tools

Grow your journalism skills with self-guided tutorials

Our tutorials were co-created with young people and media partners around the world.

 

Podcast Bootcamp

Learn the essential steps to make your own podcast alongside international students in this podcast bootcamp led by journalists from Podium.me and News Decoder.

 

Lesson 1: Why Make a Podcast?

Lesson 2: How to Conduct a Great Interview

Lesson 3: How to Record a Podcast – Technical Skills

Lesson 4. Learn Storytelling Techniques

Lesson 5: Writing a Script

Lesson 6: Consent and Deep Listening

Lesson 7: Why Do You Make Podcasts? An Interview

Internships
Quizzes

NEWS DECODER QUIZZES

Show what you know in our world knowledge quizzes

What is the Gini coefficient? How many provinces are in Canada? What’s the highest peak in Europe? Take a News Decoder quiz to find out!

 

How much do you know about Current Events?

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Find out in the News Decoder quiz.


Flags

How much do you know about Flags?

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Find out in the News Decoder quiz.


Climate Change

How much do you know about Climate Change?

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Find out in this week's quiz.


Human Rights

How much do you know about Human Rights?

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Find out in this week's quiz.


Geography

How much do you know about Geography?

World Maps

Find out in this week's quiz.


Opportunities

News Decoder Internships

Want to help engage youth around the world with global issues? Curious what happens behind the scenes at a nonprofit startup? Apply to be a News Decoder intern! Interns support our team in a variety of ways — writing stories, conducting research, building our audience on social media and helping with essential administrative tasks.

Youth ages 16-24, based anywhere in the world, with strong English skills are eligible to apply. Knowledge of French is not required, but enthusiasm for our mission is. Interns must be able to commit at least 10 hours per week for a minimum of two months. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Read more about past intern projects.

Internships

These open-access activities are made possible by the generous support of News Decoder donors around the world. To help sustain and expand these free educational resources, please consider making a donation today. Thank you!

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