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, which are detailed below. To learn more about each service and how we implement them at our partner schools, check out our School Handbook.
Multimedia Content Production
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 the Creativity, Activity, Service component of the IB Diploma Programme.
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 the students who engage with us. We guide them through our Pitch, Report, Draft and Revision process and offer personalized feedback that challenges students to consider diverse perspectives, check their biases, consult experts and identify solutions.
We lead an in-person or virtual workshop at each of our partner schools every year. Workshops are led by a correspondent or member of News Decoder’s editorial team. Our educational and interactive workshops cover topics such as Pitching, Reporting, Drafting and Revision, media literacy and podcast creation.
Students have exclusive access to our E-Learning library, which includes 30-minute courses developed by professional journalists on reporting, drafting, media literacy and podcast creation.
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.
Each month, we send faculty an Educators’ Catalog, which is a curated selection of the top educational articles we have published that month. Our articles impartially explain — or “decode” — globally significant events, institutions and innovations. Our articles are designed to be used as teaching resources: they end with questions that can support classroom exercises like Q&A, research projects or 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.