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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 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, a project of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, for tools and techniques for online verification.

AAJA HongKong: “Seas the Day” is back!

AAJA-HK’s annual “SEAS THE DAY” junk trip is ready to set sail and we want to make sure YOU get a seat for the fun, junk trip next Saturday, August 26! Please sign-up by clicking HERE
WHAT: Cruising out on water from Central to Sai Kung, with a seafood lunch in Sai Kung, swimming and chilling
WHERE: 9am pick up from Central Pier 9; return to same pier round 5pm
WHEN: Saturday, August 26
COST: $400 for AAJA non-member; $350 members and students (Lunch not included)
Please bring a snack to share and your own beverage. 

New.Now.Next Media Conference 2017

Social Disruption – Navigating the New Journalism

As digital technology converges with traditional broadcast media channels, social media is changing the way information is published and distributed. New content generation platforms provide production access to anyone with a mobile phone and social networks are taking the lead in content creation and distribution. The resulting social disruption blurs the lines between news, editorial, opinion, advertising and agenda. Recent news headlines have been dominated by the battle over fake news and the arrival of alternative facts in what is becoming known as the age of post-truth. As Hong Kong looks back over the past 25 years since the handover, journalists and media professionals around the region, including reporters and editors from The New York Times, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal offer insights and ideas for the challenges ahead at AAJA-Asia’s 7th annual New.Now.Next Media Conference taking place May 19-21 in Hong Kong.

Speakers are being confirmed, panels finalized and tickets are now on sale at

AAJA Asia Seoul subchapter organizes ethics panel event for Journalists

Last week Saturday, AAJA-Asia members in Seoul sat with four distinguished media professionals on topics that have become a contested issue during the unfolding of the latest political scandal that toppled the South Korean president – ethics and journalism in South Korea.


The Seoul subchapter of AAJA-Asia jointly organized the event with Korea Exposé (, an English-language media that is seeing fast growing fans with its in-depth, nuanced analysis on Korea.


The event was a huge success — a great turnout and most of us stay focused on the discussions that went on for more than two hours on Saturday afternoon without any break. It brought together an unusual mixture of voices across different backgrounds.

We would like to express our very special thanks to the panelists and the moderator for the engaging and nuanced discussions on inner workings of the South Korean and foreign media.


They are;

_the New York Times Seoul bureau chief Choe Sang-hun

_Seoul Shinmun Civil Division Desk Chief Mun So Young

_Inje University Journalism Studies Professor Kim Chang-yong

_Sanghyun Park, Contents Lab Director at Mediati, a Seoul-based media venture investor and incubator

_Moderator: Se-Woong Koo, Managing Editor at Korea Exposé.


We are also thankful for the generous support from Mediati, which offered its event hall and sponsored coffee for all attendants.


Visit Mediati Facebook page here ( and Korea Exposé, which is one of the media startups invested by Mediati, here (  


Our special thanks also go to Jun Michael Park who took great pictures of the event and agreed to share them here on the AAJA-Asia blog.

You can see more of Jun’s photos here:

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Haeryun Kang, a managing editor at Korea Exposé and Youkyung Lee, an AAJA-Asia member and a business reporter or the Associated Press, offered translation.  


Se-Woong, Haeryun, Youkyung and Tae-hoon put their heads together since January to find panel speakers, to develop questions and topics and to work out logistical issues. We thank the local media professionals who offered us their precious advice for the panel.


For the AAJA-Asia Seoul team, this was the first event of the year and a good chance to test the new organizational structure that was implemented to divide up the tasks. It was excellent!


Elaine Ramirez deftly created an online reservation form. Gavin Huang created a nice online banner putting his creative skills into use yet another time — Click here to visit the Facebook event page to check out the banner — Ethics and Journalism in South Korea:Views In and Outside Newsrooms


Social media team Kianna Mckenzie and Nayoung Kang created an event page on Facebook, kept all of us on the same page with excellent communication skills and handled all the inquiries from social media.


Carina Lee, Seoul treasurer, did a perfect job managing income and expenses while regularly checking the bank account to make sure that we are not overbooked (a few days before the event, we were suddenly swarmed by RSVP requests from everywhere!). She effectively created an income statement and finished all the financial transactions just two days after the event.


Brolley Genster, Tae-hoon Lee, Gavin Huang, Ha-young Choi and Eunice Kim offered their time and hands to set up the venues and handle the registration. This event would not have been successful without any of these members and those who are not mentioned here.  


The panel discussion were off the record.


If you’d like to learn more about what is going on in South Korean media and ethics, we recommend two excellent essays;


_by Se-Woong (in English)


_by Ms. Mun So Young, one of our panelists (in Korean).


AAJA-Asia names Kinzie as Executive Conference Producer

New.Now.Next Media Conference May 19-21, 2017 in Hong Kong

The AAJA-Asia Board of Directors announced today the appointment of Kinzie as Executive Conference Producer for the 2017 New.Now.Next Media Conference in Hong Kong.

As Executive Conference Producer, Kinzie will serve the volunteer conference committee and AAJA-Asia Board of Directors, overseeing all aspects of the event from materials and logistics to sponsorship and promotions, ensuring deadlines are met on time and within budget.

“Kinzie combines a deep knowledge of media and event production capabilities with strong working relationships across Asia. We are counting on her volunteer leadership experience, local connections and market knowledge to help us continue to provide a platform for journalists and media professionals in the APAC region to share in best practices, learn and address pressing issues of the day.” AAJA-Asia Chapter President and Bloomberg Television Anchor Angie Lau.

The 7th annual conference will be held from May 19-21, 2017 in Hong Kong. In addition to keynote speakers and hands-on workshops, the weekend event provides professional development for members with one-on-one critique sessions and leadership programming and a host of social events.

“I am honored that the AAJA-Asia Board of Directors invited me to produce their flagship industry event at this remarkable moment in the history of media. I am also thrilled to work with the AAJA-Asia members and will rely on their expertise and passion for responsible journalism.” Kinzie

After years with agencies and in-house corporate communications, Kinzie set up a private consultancy in 2000. She was instrumental in designing and managing business development programs for senior executives at the Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) and was responsible for establishing Asia’s first regional television broadcasting recruitment division now owned by TMP Hudson. In 2001, she founded HK heartbeat to support local volunteer organizations and small businesses with resources for authentic communications and community development.

The New.Now.Next Media Conference is one of many events, workshops, organized discussions and networking events held around Asia throughout the year. Founded in 1996, AAJA-Asia has 250+ members across the region working for a range of media, including The Associated Press, Bloomberg, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Thomson Reuters, Al Jazeera, CNN, TVB, ABC, VOA and Arirang TV. AAJA-Asia is a non-profit, professional group that provides networking opportunities, education and training to its members in Asia and the Pacific and serves as a bridge for AAJA members who have an interest in Asia or are travelling to the region.

More information is available at

Join the conference mailing list for announcements and updates.

Battle of the Brains: AAJA-Asia Trivia Bowl in HK

Folks, it is time to sharpen those mental hatchets and get ready for the most intense and fierce intellectual sparring event of the year. Pit your team against others to win some amazing raffle prizes and of course, A YEAR-LONG WORTH OF BRAGGING RIGHTS!

G/F The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong

AAJA members: HK$300
Non-AAJA members: HK$350
Corporate VIP table: HK$4,500

Purchase tickets here:

335Featuring quiz master Ryan Hynek, former CBS News producer turned Hong Kong TakeOut Comedy comedian!  And a finalist in the HK Int’l Comedy Competition.



Weekend Chatter in SG: Exploring future of journalism

Adapt or die – is that what traditional media and newsrooms are facing now? How is journalism and storytelling evolving with new media platforms?

Join our esteemed panel for discussions of staying true to good old-fashioned journalism of shoe leather reporting, while at the same time adapting stories and transforming how they are being told for a digital-age audience.

Date: July 30, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Venue: BASH, 79 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #03-01. Singapore 139955

Our panelists are:

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  • Linus Chua Managing Editor of Southeast Asia, Bloomberg.

 Linus Chua is the Southeast Asia Managing Editor overseeing six Bloomberg News bureaus across the region. He was previously the Singapore Bureau Chief and Asia Editor for the Billionaires Team. Since he joined at the peak of the 1997 Asian financial Crisis, he has covered a wide variety of beats and also ran the Emerging Markets Stocks Team in Asia. Prior to Bloomberg News, Linus was a Broadcast Journalist at MediaCorp. in Singapore. He started his career as a Business Reporter for the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Florida. Linus has a BA in Journalism and Economics from Marquette University in Wisconsin. During that time, he interned at Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Milwaukee Journal and Forbes.

  • Jessica Tan, Journalism Lecturer at Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information, Nanyang Technological University; Contributing Writer, Forbes Asia

Over her journalism career, she has interviewed and profiled people from all walks of life — from billionaire tycoons, celebrities to the man on the street. Some of her most memorable assignments include spending a day with Warren Buffett in Omaha, Nebraska and swimming with whale sharks in Western Australia.

A seasoned journalist with nearly 15 years of industry experience, she has worked at The Straits Times, Channel i News, Dow Jones Newswires and Forbes Asia. She has been contributing to Forbes Asia since 2006.

  • Joon-Nie Lau, Assistant Director, Newsplex Asia, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University

At Nanyang Technological University, Joon-Nie heads Newsplex Asia, a convergent training newsroom and media lab in partnership with the European-headquartered World Association of Newspapers and Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Joon-Nie is also co-founder of Hacks/Hackers Singapore chapter and is a Vice-President of the Singapore Press Club.

A lawyer by training, Joon-Nie has spent over 15 years in broadcast television as a reporter, interactive producer, current affairs producer and news editor at Channel NewsAsia and its predecessors SBC News and TCS News. While on Channel NewsAsia’s International News Desk, Joon-Nie travelled extensively to countries like Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, offering Channel NewsAsia’s viewers new insights into these countries. She has won several in-house awards for reporting, executive producing and best ‘live’ coverage. In 2001, she received a Student Emmy for her Masters documentary project “Blue Sky Station: New York’s Third Chinatown”.

  • Yi Wen Chan, Co-Founder, Bolt

Yi Wen is the co-founder of Bolt Media, a content marketing platform that helps businesses tell great stories to drive brand awareness by matching them to experienced content creators and providing them with tools to effectively collaborate. Bolt has been named as one of the 8 startups to watch in 2016 by The Straits Times. Previously a journalist at The Business Times, a financial daily under Singapore Press Holdings, Yi Wen was recently featured in the inaugural Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2016 for Media, Marketing & Advertising.

  • (Moderator) Mike Raomanachai, Reporter and Anchor, Voice TV

Mike Raomanachai is a technology reporter and anchor for Voice TV, a national network in Bangkok, Thailand. He graduated with a Master Degree in Multimedia Communications at Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, where he is inspired by technology businesses in Silicon Valley. Mike is also a multimedia journalist who has been working on new reporting platforms such as live streaming and live blogging for the past 3 years.


Ron Brown Recap: All the Power to You

 The AAJA ASIA Power & Leadership Course with “Career Whisperer” Dr. Ron Brown was a full-day Saturday workshop on one of the most beautiful sunny days of the year… and no one wanted to leave, nor break out for lunch.  It was like drinking the most delicious elixir without knowing you had been thirsting for it for so long.
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It was a perfect way to kick off Dr. Brown’s Asia Tour, where he will be engaging with The Women’s Foundation, engagements at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in HK including keynote at the Club’s luncheon series, just to mention a few.

Thanks to our friends at Cathay Pacific, The V-Hotel HK, Swire Properties Upper House, Ramada… we are able to bring Dr. Brown to YOU.

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For those who still have the opportunity to join ( N3 Con Seoul, 2016 – The 6th New Now Next Conference Ron Brown’s session this Sunday, this is what is in store for you. Here’s just some of the feedback from Hong Kong session:

“This workshop was an insightful journey in breaking conventional and negative perceptions of leveraging Power to advance the corporate ladder. It enabled me to go on a deeper and personal reflection on what my career goals are, and what I should be doing in order to stay relevant…”


“I found the workshop with Dr. Ron Brown very powerful, energizing and inspiring. The session gave me confidence and courage to try new things, push ahead and overcome my deepest fears. It truly transformed the way I had been thinking. I’m now armed with many great ideas and energy to move ahead in my career. Thank you, Dr. Brown, for your magic touch. I feel empowered.”


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“I initially didn’t understand or comprehend the notion of power. But as the old adage goes, “you don’t know what you don’t know”. Ron gave us a different lens to not just view our career, but the world.”


I think there are still a few more spots available in Seoul.  When I say you should seriously flying over to attend N3C and take Ron’s workshop…. I ain’t joking.

It’s a game changer.
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