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Re-cap of “Verify your news in a digital Age” weekend chatter

The following post is written by our AAJA Asia member, Yunita Ong. 
Even as new-age digital tools emerge, the media industry mustn’t forget the value of good old-fashioned breaking news reporting in combating the threat of fake news.
That was a key takeaway at “Verify Your News in a Digital Age,” a panel organized by AAJA-Asia on 28 Oct 2017 held at Google’s APAC office in Singapore. Speakers included Samanthi Dissanayake, Asia Editor of BBC News Online; Timothy Go, host and editor of tech360.tv and Irene Jay Liu, news lab lead at Google APAC.
It was moderated by Mike Raomanachai, a senior reporter at Voice TV, and is the second event in AAJA-Asia’s weekend chatter series. Attendees were also treated to an hour-long Google workshop with tools and techniques about how to verify their news.
Attendees learned that “fake news” can really mean many things, running the gamut from information from those who meant no harm but were misinformed, or those with malicious intent knowingly sharing false information. The issue of trust in the media takes on its unique dimension in Asia because of the lower trust in the media here – Japan tops in the region with just a 43 percent score according to this year’s Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2017 Chat apps here are also a powerful medium through which fake news can spread.
Verification is a lot of work, and most people reading the news may not have the mental bandwidth or may be too busy to process and interrogate what they’ve read. That’s why it’s the job of the journalist to do so – and one rule of thumb is: if it’s too good to be true, maybe it isn’t. It’s human nature to confirm what you already believe in.
Those at the session urged fellow journalists to always verify by double-sourcing while paying attention to the context surrounding information one may get from sources. Holding off on publishing unverified news without official notification even if other news outlets are reporting it, such as in the case of a celebrity death, can also gain the news outlet long-term credibility.
There’s a fine balance, though – thanks to the digital age and how ordinary people can post about what they’re experiencing. it would be a disservice to readers to hold back on publishing events like a train breakdown or power outage.
Not all news is reported straight – those that have to have a point of view, such as reviewers, have to be upfront and declare as such to the consumer, while trying as much as possible to have fair reporting by keeping a China wall between sales and editorial, for instance.
Attendees were also urged to check out Firstdraftnews.com, a project of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, for tools and techniques for online verification.

Get involved: Join N3Con’s 2018 team now!

If you went to N3Con 2017 in Hong Kong last month, you probably left feeling educated, energized and with a lot of new friends in the media industry. It takes a lot of work to pull off a conference like that, and we want next year’s to be even better.

 

 

The N3Con planning team is getting started early to set the stage for N3Con 2018 in Hong Kong and invites you to be part of the process. Volunteer to help plan the panels and events, fine-tune the website, have fun with social media marketing, edit the magazine, help on-site and more. Then watch it all pay off when hundreds of journalists across the continent at Asia’s most influential media conference.

 

Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/EePqOTrVCajvw3Hq1

 

For questions, email aajaasia@gmail.com.

 

See you in Hong Kong!

we want YOU for AAJA-Asia Election 2016!

Dear members,

 

ONE MORE WEEK TO GO BEFORE SUBMISSION OF CANDIDACY LETTERS CLOSES. 

It’s election season again! Now is the time for you to step up and help lead our 200-strong chapter into an amazing 2017. We have these positions coming open, which will begin January 1, 2017 and last for a term of two years:

 

President, AAJA-Asia

The president, in conjunction with the rest of the board, sets direction for the chapter, chairs chapter board meetings and is the public face of the chapter.

 

Treasurer 

The treasurer keeps the financial records of the chapter, submits financial reports required by the AAJA National Office and helps set direction for the chapter.

 

Vice President, Tokyo 

Vice President, Singapore

Regional vice presidents are the point persons for AAJA in their respective cities. They answer questions about AAJA and plan and coordinate local events and oversee membership recruitment in their city. They also work with the president and other officers to set overall direction for the chapter. One may be designated to assume the responsibilities of the president in his or her absence

National Board Representative

These two positions are the chapter’s representative platforms to the national advisory board, similar to U.S. senators to Congress. AAJA-Asia must be represented in person at the two advisory board meetings held every year in the United States. One of the meetings occurs at the national convention. The board representatives will keep the Asia chapter board apprised of national policies and procedures. S/he will write summary report of the national board meetings that will be provided to the Asia board. In light of AAJA-Asia’s new status as a large chapter, defined as having more than 100 full members, we have one additional seat to fill to represent us at National.

ONE At-large Board Member Position

Chapter board members help set direction for the chapter. They also may take charge of specific areas such as fundraising or membership and recruitment. They answer questions from members, work to increase membership and engage in membership outreach

 

Student Representative 

Student representatives help organize activities and promote the organization on campus. They answer questions from teachers and students, work to increase student membership and engage in membership outreach.

 

Key Dates to Run

 

December 9: Candidate Letters

Submit a letter of candidacy to this email by this date. All letters will be posted on the AAJA-Asia chapter website.

December 11-17: Election Week

All AAJA-Asia members will receive an electronic ballot to vote. All votes must be made before midnightThursday December 22. We will report the votes to AAJA National in San Francisco and winning candidates will be notified.

December 20: Announcement of winners

In addition to helping lead professional and social events in your cities and countries, all AAJA board members are required to call in to a monthly virtual board meeting to update chapter leaders on programming, future planning and simply to stay connected with a friendly hello across our vast distances.

 

Questions? E-mail Billy Wong, AAJA-Asia Election Chair at billywsk@connect.hku.hk or Carina Lee at carina.lee713@gmail.com

 

Good luck with your candidacies and we look forward to working with you to take AAJA-Asia forward and upward.

Submit YOUR job postings

AAJA’s Asia chapter is one of the largest within the international association and also has one of the largest networks of English-speaking journalists globally. Chapter members are based around the Asia Pacific region, from Japan to Nepal and range from university students to industry veterans. To submit your job posting to AAJA’s Asia chapter, email aajaasia@gmail.com

Bloomberg BNA seeks correspondents in Asia

Bloomberg BNA, a subsidiary of Bloomberg producing legal and business information, seeks multiple correspondents to cover regulatory, legal and business news of interest to multinational firms. Desired locations include Beijing, The Netherlands or Benelux region, New Delhi, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, and Tokyo.

Applicants must have several years reporting experience working on daily deadlines for English-language publications. Must be able to work well independently and be aggressive when it comes to pitching story ideas to numerous editors. Areas covered may include tax policy, trade, environment, infrastructure, data security, finance, labor and human resources. Qualifications required include writing on daily deadline for U.S.-based readership, proven knowledge of government and legal processes, ability to write clearly and concisely about complex topics, and a highly developed nose for news. Freelance positions offer a competitive pay rate commensurate with experience, and correspondents will be expected to file stories on a regular basis.

For consideration, please send a resume and published hard news or news analysis writing samples to correspondentjobs@bna.com and reference AAJA.

Jobs at Bloomberg

Apply today for jobs at Bloomberg, including Financial Products jobs, Electronic Trading Jobs, Tradebook Jobs, News Jobs, Multimedia Jobs, Software Design …

Apply for a Financial Reporting Award

The National Endowment for Financial Education, a nonprofit organization based in Denver, is teaming up with RTDNA to honor journalists who have done great personal finance reporting.

The application is now open. Winners will receive a $1,000 prize, a trip to Orlando, Florida and present his or her work on the Excellence in Journalism Convention.

We accept stories about personal finance aired through TV, radio or published online.

Registration for entries from TV, radio and online outlets in all market sizes has been extended through July 24, 2015.

Click for the application

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Apply for an AAJA-Asia travel stipend to the national convention in SF!

We are pleased to announce the AAJA-Asia Professional Development Travel Stipend Program, which will award US$500 to one chapter member to be used toward attending the AAJA National Convention in San Francisco. The deadline to apply is Sunday, July 12, midnight Hong Kong time (GMT+8). All Asia chapter members including board members are welcome to apply.

Hundreds of journalists will gather in San Francisco for Convention 2015, which will feature four different programming tracks like reporting and editing, data and design, and more.

Applicants will be judged by their past and potential contributions to the AAJA chapter (40%), financial need (30%), and professional development goals (30%), and will have a chance to address each in three short essays. The winner will also be expected to host a small talk or presentation in their home city to present what they learned to fellow chapter members and renew their membership for 2016.

The application form is here.

Best of luck!

AAJA-Asia chapter board

A note on the devastating Nepal earthquake

The devastation in Nepal is unbelievable.  And we have some in our AAJA-Asia Chapter family in the midst of the tragedy.  We are able to account for the safety on some, but with the death toll climbing, and conditions worsening, we fear for those +9,000 injured and thousands still missing.

For those who want to help, here is a link to vetted charities.

In the comings days, and months this is a nation that will need help in rebuilding.  It is one of the poorest nations in the world, with a gross domestic product of less than $20 billion dollars, and it will need billions to rebuild and rise from the rubble.  But we know the spirit of this region is strong, and if we can do our part, we will.

Our hearts and thoughts go to our colleagues and friends in Nepal and all those in the region affected by this devastating earthquake.

AAJA-Asia Uplink: Lessons from the field

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AAJA-Asia will be hosting its first ever multi-city online journalism event on Nov. 29. Two panels with several top speakers and experienced journalists from across Asia will meet, in person and online, to talk shop. Find out where people are meeting in your city and come join the discussion!

LOCATIONS

Tokyo — Waseda University (1-104 Totsukamachi, Shinjuku. Building No. 3, Room 704. Details and map here)/2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Hong Kong — Digital Media Lab, Eliot Hall, University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam Road)/ 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Seoul — Divine (736-9 Hannam-dong Yongsan-gu, 2nd floor. Details and map here)/2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Hanoi — Bloomberg News (Sentinel Building, 41A Ly Thai To, Suite 522, Hoan Kiem District, 84-4-3938 8940)/12 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Singapore — PWC Building, 8 Cross Street, #25-06/07, Singapore 048424

SATURDAY, NOV. 29, 2014

CLICK FOR REGISTRATION FORM

FREE for AAJA members/co-host university students. US$10 per city for non-members.

PROGRAM

[Keynote panel] Confessions from a Veteran Journalist – 60 min.

At this Google Hangout panel connecting speakers in three cities – Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo – seasoned reporters and editors from top news organizations will offer their insights on lessons learned through their experiences.

What mistakes have these top journalists made and how did they recover from them? What advice can they give his/her 10-, 20-year younger self? How can journalists be successful and survive in an increasingly lean newsroom environment?

Speakers will each give a short talk. A 30-min. Q&A session will follow.

Speakers: Elaine Kurtenbach (AP, Tokyo), Kurt Achin (Freelance, Seoul), Zeb Eckert (Bloomberg News, HK)

Moderator: Ken Moritsugu (AP, Tokyo)

[Panel 2] Reporting Tools You Can Use – 60 min. 

What’s the latest in news collecting and verifying information? This multi-city, interactive panel will look at the apps and online tools reporters can use. Find out what the next, next Twitter or LinkedIn is, for gathering story ideas and reaching out to sources.

Each speaker will introduce a tool or an app. (5 minutes each.) A 30-min. session follows with other AAJA member cities chiming in and sharing the latest app or tool used in their cities.

Speakers: ClassDo, Chiew Chung (ClassDo, Tokyo). Twitter, Olivia Rosenman (Storyful, Hong Kong). WordPress, Darcy Christ (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong). Independent Media Outlet Creation, Tae-hoon Lee (Korea Observer, Seoul) & Steve Miller (Asia News Weekly, Seoul). Banjo, Jason Gatewood (NextMedia Animation, Taipei). Deep Web Search, Oanh Ha (Bloomberg News, Hanoi)

Moderator: Zela Chin (TVB, Hong Kong)