Grow your journalism skills with self-guided tips and tutorials
These training resources were co-created with professional correspondents, young people and media partners around the world.
Writing & Media Tips
News Decoder publishes content by experienced journalists, as well as student writers and reporters. Do you have a story idea but don’t know where to start? Follow these tips for guidance on creating a great story — in any medium.
- Publishing Tips: Learn about News Decoder’s signature content creation process, “Pitch, Report, Draft, Revise” (pdf)
- 5 Tips for Writing a Great Article
- “Don’t let writing scare you. It’s just speaking on paper.”
- “Good writing is a process, not just pen to paper”
- “Want to take news photos? Then always be prepared.”
- “Where do ideas come from?”
Climate Journalism Shorts
Climate Journalism Shorts is a video series sharing guidance and tips from professional journalists on how to develop compelling climate-focused media. Hosted by News Decoder’s Stefani Aleksandrova and produced as part of The Writing’s on the Wall climate education project.
What Makes a Good Climate Change Story?
Interviewing for a Climate Change Story
Making a Climate Change Podcast
Learn the essential steps to make your own podcast alongside international students in this podcast bootcamp led by journalists from Podium.me and News Decoder’s Nicole DiSante.
Lesson 1: Why Make a Podcast?
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Lesson 2: How to Conduct a Great Interview
Lesson 3: How to Record a Podcast – Technical Skills
Lesson 4. Learn Storytelling Techniques
Lesson 5: Writing a Script
Lesson 6: Consent and Deep Listening
Lesson 7: Why Do You Make Podcasts? An Interview
Now that you’ve gathered inspiration, we want to hear your stories!
Youth under 25 years old from any country are invited to submit an original story to News Decoder. Submissions can be in any form (reported articles, personal reflections, interviews, creative writing) and in any format (written stories, podcasts, photo essays, video — or a multimedia combination).
Please note that submitting a story does not guarantee you’ll be published. News Decoder maintains the highest editorial standards. Be sure your story is balanced, authoritative, compelling and relevant for a global audience.
Get started by completing the pitch form below.
News Decoder Pitch Form
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