Living in a closed society

Living in a closed society

Millions in Russia mourn the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny but few do so openly. In Russia, grieving is an act of political defiance. A man holds a poster reading “Freedom for Seva Korolev and all political prisoners” as he comes to pay tribute...

Freelance journalism doesn’t mean free

Freelance journalism doesn’t mean free

When you work on your own, you don’t get a steady paycheck. But if you can find enough work, it isn’t a bad gig in this gig economy. A woman freelances from her kitchen. (Credit: EKATERINA BOLOVTSOVA from Pexels)  This article was produced exclusively for...

Podcasting where the press is under pressure

Podcasting where the press is under pressure

Ljudmila Janković is a journalist in the Balkans, where speech isn’t quite free. But podcasting there might help foster a more independent media. Ljudmila Janković. (Photo courtesy Press Freedom Foundation) In the Western Balkans, journalists operate within a...

A free press is a central component of a democratic society. But press freedom worldwide is far from guaranteed. In this article, News Decoder Communications Specialist Andrea Knezevic interviews Ljudmila Janković of Press Freedom Foundation Serbia to uncover the challenges journalists face in the Balkans.

Exercise: As students dive into the world of journalism, help them explore the many ways to tell stories — audio, visual, text. After reading the article, students should listen to the text’s accompanying podcast episode. What are the nuances of audio versus text storytelling? Which types of stories lend themselves to audio best? You may consider following up with a podcast interviewing assignment for students. 

Saving people, fish and Alpine snow: Our story contest winners

Saving people, fish and Alpine snow: Our story contest winners

For the 14th News Decoder Storytelling Competition, the winning stories tackled human trafficking, river conservation and climate change. In its first year of working with News Decoder, the Tatnall School in the U.S. state of Delaware took both first and second prizes...

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