Why partner with us

News-Decoder is an innovative educational resource for schools committed to teaching global citizenshipStudents at our partner schools have exclusive access to an array of interactive, hands-on educational services:

Content Production

Students identify story topics, pitch their ideas, conduct reporting and produce multimedia content that is published on our news site. Students produce content for us in a number of contexts: teachers may assign it within their classrooms; students can join their school's Webinar & Multi-Media Team; or they can individually submit stories to our twice-yearly Storytelling Contest. 

Cross-School Collaboration

We pair each school in our network with a school in another region and facilitate cross-school collaboration on webinars and multimedia production. Student teams from partnered schools work together to identify reportable topics, conduct research and reporting, present findings to each other during a one-hour webinar and then co-produce multimedia packages that showcase their work.


News-Decoder’s editorial team works closely with students in the content production process. We guide them through pitching, reporting, and writing processes and offer personalized feedback that challenges students to consider diverse perspectives, check their biases, consult experts and identify solutions. 


We offer to lead an in-person or virtual workshop at each of our partner schools. Workshops are led by a correspondent or member of News-Decoder’s editorial team. Our educational and interactive workshops cover topics such as interviewing and writing techniques, media literacy and podcast creation.

E-Learning Courses

Students have exclusive access to our e-Learning library, which includes 30-minute courses developed by professional journalists on media literacy, interviewing, writing and podcasts.

International Podcast Series

Students have the opportunity to participate in creating our podcast series, The Kids Are Alright, which we co-produce with media partner Podium.me and publish on Apple.


We distribute decoders to faculty to help them teach global issues. Decoders impartially explain — or “decode” — globally significant events, institutions and innovations, such as Brexit, central banks or drones. Our decoders are designed to be used as teaching resources: they end with questions that are the launching pad for classroom exercises like Q&A, research projects or structured debates.  

Social Media Promotion

We promote students and partner schools on our website and our social media platforms. Students who create publishable content can showcase their work when applying for internships, jobs or admission to universities. Schools and faculty can point to the News-Decoder partnership as an example of their innovative commitment to teaching global citizenship. 

Check out the following video to hear from students who have participated in our program and have changed as thinkers, communicators and citizens as a result:

What students learn

The following chart outlines how the educational services we offer enable students at our partner schools to develop journalistic skills and behaviors that foster the internationally-recognized core global citizenship competencies:

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How a partnership works

News-Decoder is a resource that is available to the entire school community.

Faculty and students from different departments take advantage of News-Decoder throughout the year. Departments and faculty can integrate our resources into their curriculum and courses. Student teams engage directly with us as they prepare webinars and produce multi-media packages in partnership with students from another world region. And students submit multi-media content to our twice-yearly storytelling contest and podcast series.

The following timeline shows how large numbers of students from a partner school can engage with us throughout the school year:

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Become an academic partner

Schools pay an annual fee to partner with us. Please contact us to learn more.

We are keen to extend our international footprint by partnering with schools in all parts of the world. We recognize our fees may stretch the means of schools in some regions and offer financial aid to schools that require it.