E-Learning Courses

About our courses

Our E-Learning courses introduce you to fundamental journalism concepts: media literacy, reporting and drafting. We strongly believe there is value in learning the skills of a journalist, even if you have no intention of becoming one. Why? Because good journalists know how to think critically, ask smart questions and communicate persuasively. Learning these skills will help you in whatever career you choose to pursue.

About the course authors

Our E-Learning courses were developed by experienced former journalists who have collectively spent decades covering the news or training others to do so. The E-Learning course authors include Keith Stafford, who managed Reuters’ foreign reporting bureaux worldwide, and has trained journalists and managers in more than 30 countries; News Decoder founder and president Nelson Graves, who has worked as an educator, administrator and journalist on three continents; and News Decoder chief strategy officer Lauren Heuser, a former lawyer, deputy editor and columnist for a national newspaper.

Course library


Reporting 101: Interviewing fundamentals

Learn how to set up interviews, build rapport, ask probing questions and dig into complex issues.

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Drafting 101: Constructing compelling multimedia content

Learn how to tell stories that capture others' attention and convey important information.

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Media Literacy

Develop the skills and knowledge to think critically about the accuracy and agendas of content you see in the media.

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Podcasting 101: How to produce a podcast

Podcasts have become *the* storytelling medium for today's youth. Learn how to create your own.

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Keith Stafford brings more than four decades of journalism and teaching experience to his work as one of the world’s leading newsroom educators… Students in News Decoder’s program can now tap into a learning resource that has enriched the careers of thousands of journalists and newsroom managers around the world.

Paul Holmes

CEO, North America for Finsbury and former Reuters Global Editor for Politics and General News

Reporting 101: Interviewing fundamentals has taught me that interviewing multiple sources is crucial to balance differing perspectives, which ultimately allows readers to make their own informed opinions. The course clarified the interview process through coherent examples, concise steps and thought-provoking exercises. I am excited to apply the course’s interviewing techniques to my own work.

Malik Figaro

Former Student Ambassador, Friends Seminary