The Decoder

Analyze  •  Empathize  •  Act

The Decoder covers journalism from across political media and provides avenues for readers to take action.

The media landscape has evolved to allow people to receive their news from more sources. This fragmentation has lent itself to a provincialism in how people inform themselves. Founded in 2016, The Decoder counters this encouraging critical thinking and empathy along with the resources to take action.

News events are summarized and the differences between liberal and conservative leaning news sources are highlighted. The Decoder provides questions for the reader to consider as a means of arriving at their own opinions of news events. This promotes critical thinking as readers are encouraged to apply rational approaches to news events.

We also consider the context of a news event to encourage empathy. We relay how particular media organizations build narratives, which points of an event are emphasized, and how they speak to their core audience.

The Decoder also provides avenues to act. News has been passively consumed in the past, but today it should play a role in spurring greater civic participation. Each article includes small steps readers can take to shape the next news cycle.

We believe the combination can elevate the dialogue and the solutions to today’s problems.


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Founder:  Nathan Harold







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