Who we partner with
News Decoder partners with schools and universities around the world, typically through annual, recurring school partnerships. Our partner schools leverage News Decoder’s editorial team and exclusive online educational resources to help students develop core global citizenship competencies.
News Decoder is particularly well-placed to partner with:
- schools that have an international outlook or commitment to global citizenship
- schools with robust global studies programs or standalone global studies departments
- schools that run an IB diploma programme
- schools that have a Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) component to their curriculum
- schools that offer journalism or media classes, clubs or programs
- schools with a strong commitment to co-curriculars or extra-curriculars
- schools open to innovative educational methods
- schools looking to develop any of the above
We currently count 17 schools and universities in 11 countries as our academic partners. You can check out their profiles by visiting our academic partners page. By joining our school network, your students will have the opportunity to engage with students at these schools without having to travel anywhere.
Services included in a school partnership
News Decoder is an innovative educational resource for schools committed to teaching global citizenship. Students at our partner schools have exclusive access to an array of interactive, hands-on educational services:
Students identify and pitch their story ideas through our pitching portal, conduct reporting and produce publishable multimedia content. Students produce content in a number of contexts: teachers may assign it within their classrooms; students can join their school’s Webinar & Multimedia Team; or they can submit stories to our twice-yearly Storytelling Contest or to fulfill a CAS requirement.
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 on a chosen school theme. They identify reportable topics, conduct research and reporting, present their findings during a global 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.
Students have exclusive access to our e-Learning library, which includes 30-minute courses developed by professional journalists on media literacy, interviewing and writing for a global audience.
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.
How students benefit from our services
Global citizenship education is a United Nations priority and Sustainable Development Goal. The following chart outlines how the educational services we offer enable students at our partner schools to develop skills and behaviors that foster the internationally-recognized core global citizenship competencies:
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:
How a school partnership works
News Decoder is a resource that is available to the entire school community.
At the outset out of each school year, we host short virtual training sessions with faculty to introduce them to our program and services. We also make resources, including our school handbook, available to faculty. Faculty provide us with the names and email addresses of their students, which enables us to grant those students access to our exclusive online resources.
Throughout the school year, faculty and students take advantage of News Decoder in different ways. Faculty use us in their classrooms; global studies leaders and CAS coordinators incorporate News Decoder into their programs; student 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.
Start your school partnership
Schools pay an annual fee to partner with us. Fees are pro-rated for schools that join mid-way through a school year. We also offer some services à la carte, such as workshops or access to our E-Learning courses. Please complete the contact form below if you are interested in learning more.
We are keen to extend the diversity of our academic network by partnering with public and private schools in all parts of the world. We recognize that our fees may stretch the means of some schools and offer financial aid to schools that require it.