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**AAJA Asia is looking for our next N3con producer**



AAJA Asia will host the 8th annual N3 New.Now.Next Media Conference on May 25-27, 2018 at Hong Kong University.

We are looking to hire a dedicated Executive Conference Producer to help produce one of Asia’s signature media conferences, bringing together 300+ journalists and media professionals across the region. The ideal candidate is a self-starter, passionate, and has media experience. If this is you, we can’t wait to hear from you! We also invite experienced event planners to apply.

Applications and bids are being accepted until midnight, December 2, 2017.

The Executive Conference Producer will be expected to be engaged and participate in N3 planning leading up to th
conference in May. We have a great team of committed and passionate journalists and media professionals to work with you to put on this exciting conference.
The Executive Conference Producer will:

  • Work with AAJA-Asia board and N3 committees on strategic goals and objectives for the conference
  • Evaluate and negotiate contracts with conference venue and supplier
  • Work with board to develop and manage a cost-effective, sound conference budget
  • Oversee all events and logistics for the conference
  • Coordinate and work with Hong Kong University’s Journalism & Media Studies Centre on conference logistics
  • Cultivate, train and coordinate volunteers on conference execution and logistics
  • Design a marketing plan with goal of bringing in record attendees
  • Implement a dynamic social media campaign for conference, AAJA-Asia and sponsors
  • Serve as AAJA-Asia liaison to sponsors and partners
  • Contribute to AAJA Asia’s how-to manual for subsequent conferences on best practices

Apply by sending cover letter, resume and your salary bid proposal for the project to by midnight December 2, 2017.

Please email any questions to

Open Call for N3Con’s 2018 Theme

Every year, the New.Now.Next Media Conference chooses a theme that sets the tone and direction for its programming. The panels and workshops provide a launch pad for thought-provoking conversations about the relevant issues in our dynamic industry.

N3Con 2017 in Hong Kong tackled “Social Disruption: Navigating the New Journalism,” as our industry struggled to define itself in the era of social media and misinformation. N3Con 2016 in Seoul addressed “Journalism in The Digital Age” as we explored the industry’s evolving, limitless workplace.

N3Con’s theme should reflect the most pressing issues facing both news producers and news consumers today and, perhaps more importantly, in the future.

We ask for your input about the key issues to raise at N3Con 2018, to be held in Hong Kong from May 25-27.

Our N3Con planning team will diligently review every suggestion to understand what you want to hear. If you don’t have a theme in mind, we will also welcome your ideas for panels, workshops and other programming independent of the theme.

Fill out the form here.

The N3Con 2018 theme will be revealed in November.

We’ve extended the deadline. Please submit your ideas by Oct. 7, 2017, at 11 pm HKT. Thank you for your opinions. See you next year at N3Con 2018!

For inquiries on volunteering for or partnering with N3Con, email us at

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:


For questions, email


See you in Hong Kong!

Joshua Wong to speak at N3Con 2017 Gala Dinner

Joshua Wong will address media professionals from around the region at the N3Con annual gala dinner.

Internationally known for his prominent role during the Umbrella Movement, Joshua Wong is a Hong Kong student activist and now serves as secretary general of Demosisto. His major influence in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movements resulted in his inclusion in TIME’s Most Influential Teens of 2014, nomination for TIME’s
Person of the Year 2014 and recognition by Fortune as one of the world’s greatest leaders in 2015.

“I believe “fake news” is undeniably a major challenge to journalism around the world today as it hinders the public’s right to know,” says Wong. “While the internet has enabled the free flow of true information, which is a major advantage our generation enjoys, it has also significantly lowered the barrier for disseminating false information. I have personally been affected by this, having been accused of being a CIA agent trained by the U.S. Marines and of holding a Green Card — none of which is remotely true. Ethical journalism is vital to providing what is needed in order for us to make informed opinions and decisions.”

Wong gained public attention at age 14 when he set up Scholarism, an activist group for secondary school pupils, and led protests that resulted in preventing the introduction of a national education curriculum which among other things, glossed over the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. He went on to lead the Umbrella Movement, raising global attention about democracy in Hong Kong.

“Joshua symbolizes the power of social technology in today’s media environment,” said AAJA-Asia Chapter President and Bloomberg Television Anchor Angie Lau. “As a young person who has garnered global attention in titles run by our members, we are interested to hear about his experience and his advice journalists and media
professionals can consider regarding the role we play in shaping society.”

Tickets are on sale now  — book here.

Note: Gala tickets are booked separately from N3Con registration.


**Calling all veteran journalists! Submit your story for our Lightning Talks**

A call out to veteran journalists!

Have you ever made a mistake that was so horrific that you felt like crawling into your bed and wished you never had to come out?

What is the worst mistake you made as a journalist in Asia that you would not want to see repeated by another AAJA-Asia member?

Mistakes can involve attire, protocols for interviews/press conferences, having the wrong plug adapter, whatever.

Submit your story here.

Check out a story of one of our dear AAJA members–

When I was a student reporter just starting out in broadcast, I had not quite handled the art of juggling yet.  You see, as a broadcaster, there are a lot of things going on.  To the audience, you’re just talking to them.  But behind the scenes, we have producers talking in our ear telling us about the next commercial break or if video or sound bite we expected to introduce next was suddenly unavailable… you get the idea.
So, there I was, proudly in the broadcast booth, reporting on a story.  I tried in my most authoritative broadcast voice to intone: “Hundreds of workers at the local auto plant got laid…. ” (pregnant pause, as a producer, was talking in my ear to tell me something urgent, and I instinctively stopped to listen.  When I processed, I resumed my broadcast) “… off today.”
Too late.  The disaster of the unfortunately timed pregnant pause.  Sadly for the workers, it was indeed a layoff and they lost their jobs.  But it sounded a lot more optimistic with my pregnant pause 🙂
Got a helpful tip to share?

If you do, buzz out to us! 




**N3con(New,Now,Next!) early bird rates are out! **

Greetings from AAJA-Asia


Here are the list of announcements made on the newsletter!



N3Con 2017

DATES: May 19-21, 2017 in Hong Kong

THEME: Social Disruption: Navigating the New Journalism


As news becomes the news, early bookings indicate an excellent turnout this year.

A. Lightning Talk : Learn From My Mistakes

This year, we invite our members to share lessons learned by submitting a mistake for our Lightning Talk. This quick series of talks is aimed at providing practical tips to conference participants. Successful submissions will be presented at the conference, whether or not you will be attending.

  • Click here for more information about the Lightning Talks.
  • Application deadline: Saturday, April 15 at 10pm Hong Kong time

B. N3 Travel Stipend and Complimentary Registration

Once again, AAJA-Asia is supporting active members to attend N3Con by granting 2 travel stipends to defray travel and accommodation costs. Successful applicants will also receive complimentary tickets to attend the conference.

  • Click here for more information about the Travel Stipend.
  • Application deadline: Sunday, April 30 at 10pm Hong Kong time

C. Save $$$ on your ticket price — book now

In order to qualify for the member rate, you will be asked for your private, non-transferrable, member ID during the registration process. If you have not received your Member ID, submit your request by reply to this email.

Register by April 15 for the best price.

  • US$75 members | US$100 guests : Advance Booking (until April 15)
  • US$100 members | US$150 guests : Regular Price (until April 30)
  • US$150 members | US$200 guests : Late Booking (from May 1)

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 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.

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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Establish your leadership platform with Ron Brown

By Angie Lau, chapter president of AAJA-Asia

How’s your career going?  

In this modern age of digital advancement, cultural dissonance, and generational shift in how we all perceive the thing that most of us predominantly spend our time… our jobs inevitably define us.  The question you need to ask yourself is, do you like that definition of you?   

When I applied to attend AAJA ELP (Executive Leadership Program) in 2005, I never dreamed how impactful it would be.  All I knew when I submitted my application was, that I felt like I was in a rut.  Stuck.  Frustrated.  I knew my potential.  I knew what I could do.  So, why wasn’t I being given the opportunities?  Why were special assignments and promotions handed to others over me?  After all, I was hard working, won awards, and never complained!  In fact, I never spoke up at all.  Didn’t my work do all the talking for me?

How naive that sounds to me now.  

In the years that followed that pivotal course, I applied the skills and strategies I learned from Ron Brown, and I shattered that ceiling I placed on myself.  He made me realize I was my own worst enemy.  By not expressing clearly my goals to my managers, I was doing myself the greatest disservice of all.  By keeping quiet, I let others define my career.  But with Ron’s guidance, I gained my voice.  

Dr. Ron Brown, Ph. D is a top corporate coach (McDonald’s, Merrill Lynch, Sony, Reebok, Shell, Exxon…) that addresses diversity and the challenges of leadership (or at least, … how to break through to the next level).  He was instrumental in changing my career trajectory, as I realized that my own cultural expectations and values and biases actually held me back.  And it wasn’t until I learned the real language of leadership that I was able to truly communicate my best skills and ideas.  

Ron is one of the most sought-after corporate trainers in the U.S. and AAJA Asia Chapter is pleased to bring him to Asia, with the kind support of Cathay Pacific, to share him with our Chapter members to help get you past your career rut.  

Learn how to take control by learning the language of power and leadership.  Develop a personal blueprint to drive your goals in the newsroom.  Gain best strategies to negotiate from a position of strength, in whatever you want to achieve.

It starts with you.

Sign up for AAJA Asia’s Ron Brown, Power & Leadership Course in Hong Kong, Seoul after our New.Next.Now Media Conference, and Tokyo.  He will also be available for one-on-one sessions.  Email to book a personal coaching session today.  Check out the flier here !