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Whirlwind recap of Google News Lab Summit APAC 2017

All the tools Google wants journalists to know about

By Elaine Ramirez and Brolley Genster
/ Photos by Mike Raomanachai

Google’s News Lab Summit APAC 2017 brought together 176 attendees from across the Asia-Pacific region including AAJA-Asia’s own Brolley Genster, Elaine Ramirez and Mike Raomanachai for three days of intensive workshopping on innovations in digital journalism tools and how to use technology to distinguish fact from fiction.

For 2017, Google is focusing on using its tools and partnerships for journalists under four categories: trust and verification, data journalism, 360 video and inclusive storytelling.

Google gave us a crash course on APAC’s ever-changing digital journalism industry.

Here are the products Google wants journalists to know about:

  • First Draft, Propublica’s Electionland and Duke Reporters Lab help reporters build trust and verify facts.
  • Documenting Hate, Electionland and Crosscheck are great sources to create data journalism without too much tech.
  • Google Trends Datastore is a massive data curation database.
  • Flourish, built by Kiln, helps build easy and beautiful data visualizations.
  • Journalism 360, set up by Google News Lab, Knight Foundation and the Online News Association, is a program to help accelerate the understanding and production of immersive journalism. You can subscribe to updates at
  • Reveal Labs, Ida B Wells Society and Witness Media Lab provide tools to use tech to represent the underrepresented.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Google encourages newsrooms to hold their own training courses and provides plenty of tools at the Google News Lab.

Innovations in APAC

Aida Aguilar from Google highlighted innovations in APAC that are impacting how newsrooms reach communities.

News’ social roles can be divided into three key categories: civic duty (journalism’s watchdog role), interests (giving readers info about their interests) and aspirations (helping readers accomplish their goals).

Media companies can’t just focus on “viewers” or “readers” anymore — news is now a multi-platform experience. Based on readership data analysis in partnership with Kantar TNS, these are the five things news consumers want us journalists to know:

  1. They want help to “keep up” — readers want news to spell out the most important things to stay aware of.
  2. They read news online for speed and ease — in the smartphone era, readers expect their news in timely, digestible tidbits.
  3. They consume news on every platform — the average news consumer uses 4-6 platforms a day, and news has to fit on every single one.
  4. They prefer different formats for breakfast, lunch and dinner — news consumers prefer reading articles in the morning when their mind is fresh, social media at lunch to discuss the news, and videos in the evening when they want to unwind.
  5. For breaking news, videos are the preferred medium.

The future of news media

What can KakaoTalk tell you about the future of news? That’s what the Institute of the Future (IFTF) is trying to crack.

Andrew Trabulsi and Rebecca Chesney believe that Asia’s full-service chat apps such as WeChat, KakaoTalk and LINE are transforming the way information is shared and represent a growing proportion of information and news consumption. They are writing a white paper on their case study of South Korea’s KakaoTalk, which will be published in the next few months.

Why KakaoTalk? In Korea, KakaoTalk is a way of life. It’s installed on 99 percent of smart devices and used by virtually every age group. Koreans prefer sharing content on KakaoTalk rather than social channels like Facebook or Twitter because it’s more private and people are concerned about their reputation. People can use it not only to send messages and cute emoticon stickers, but also read news, play games and send payments to friends. That makes the app a great barometer to gauge how all of South Korea is consuming news in the digital age.

There’s plenty for global newsrooms to parse from these trends. Here’s a sneak peak of their findings:

Korean journalists use KakaoTalk as a newsroom. Editors use chat apps to give assignments, allowing reporters to stay in the field longer. Government spokespeople use them as a virtual pressroom, ensuring accountability. Chat apps also bring journalists closer to sources through open chat rooms.

Koreans consume news in chatrooms. Users tend to consume news through trending features, and people are telling visual stories through graphics and card news. However, it doesn’t seem like Korean media outlets have caught up to the trend — they are not yet driving the conversation on chat apps effectively, the researchers found.

Newsrooms see chat apps as a channel out, but not a two-way engagement. Newsrooms still need to figure out how to adapt hard news stories to the evolving consumption patterns.

People are willing to pay. That’s evidenced by KakaoTalk’s multimillion-dollar sticker market. But while they’re willing to buy insane emoticons, they won’t pay for mediocre news.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Southeast Asia and Seoul subchapters are planning follow-up events to share the Google knowhow with AAJA-Asia members. Stay tuned on your local Facebook groups for details.

Why attend AAJA’s National Convention? Here are 6 reasons

Why attend AAJA’s National Convention? Here are 6 reasons


by AAJA-Asia 2017 national convention goers


AAJA’s national convention “Rise & Revolutionize”, which took place between July 26 through 29 in Philadelphia, attracted around 850 attendees. The conference had something for everyone. It offered a full schedule with various programming tracks during the day and back-to-back networking events after hours for AAJA members.


The gala banquet keynote speakers were Eddie Huang, celebrity chef and author of Fresh Off the Boat, and Rich Cho, general manager of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets.


Next year’s AAJA national convention will be in Houston in August 2018. Seven Asia members, who attended the Philadelphia conference, tell us why Asia chapter members should consider planning for next year’s convention.


  1. Connect and reconnect

Attending an AAJA convention is like “coming home”, says AAJA-Asia president Angie Lau (anchor for Bloomberg News in Hong Kong). She calls the convention a “giant family reunion” because AAJA members are your network “from getting advice to sharing advice.”

The national convention is an opportunity to “connect or reconnect”, says former Asia chapter president Ken Moritsugu (news director for Japan and the Koreas for AP). He says the convention puts him in touch “with other journalists, with American news media trends, with Asian American issues.”


  1. Find your support network

“You are only as strong as your support system and AAJA [unites] all of us,” says India-based Archith Seshadri (anchor for Wion News in New Delhi). He’s made it to 10 AAJA conventions so far.


Beijing-based Wendy Tang (freelance tech reporter) says networking at the conventions have helped her find her professional support base. “We meet once a year at the convention to catch up, discuss the industry and find new job opportunities,” she said.


  1. Sharpen your journalism skills

The national convention is a place to sharpen your professional skills. The convention is the “J-school I never went to,” says Seshadri.


Tokyo-based Jake Adelstein (investigative journalist) finds AAJA workshops helpful to his job. “This year the [Investigative Reporters and Editors] workshop on data on deadline was enormously useful in learning to better make use of Excel, to analyze data [and] make pivot tables,” he said.


  1. Be inspired, be energized

Moritsugu says he has learned from and has felt inspired by the experiences of others he’s met at conventions. “I always leave the convention smarter and re-energized about journalism and AAJA,” he said.


“My AAJA connections and the work of other [Asian American and Pacific Islander] journalists have continued to be an inspiration,” said Tang.


  1. Hang out. Enjoy!

The national convention is the only time of the year you get to see most AAJA members outside of your chapter and “you end up skipping regular convention programming because time flies when you’re catching up,” says Tokyo-based Yuri Nagano (senior reporter for Acuris/Mergermarket Group in Tokyo).

The karaoke night at the end of the convention “is always a wonderful way” to spend time “with my favorite AAJAers”, says Adelstein.


  1. Explore an unfamiliar city

Travelling to national conventions may mean learning about a new city for many of us.


“I love it when the AAJA national convention takes place in a city I’ve never visited before,” says HK-based Oanh Ha (Asia consumer and health news team leader, Bloomberg News) “It’s a great chance to meet local journalists from the city, understand the issues in that community and explore a part of the U.S. I’m not familiar with,” she said.


This year it was interesting to walk the historical sights of Philadelphia, where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed, said Nagano.


The 2018 national convention will take place at the Marriot Marquis Houston from August 8-11.


Join AAJA here.



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!

**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)

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 election results are out**

Dear members,
Thank you very much for your participation in the AAJA-Asia Election 2016-17. The results are in! Please join me in congratulating the following winners:
All terms start on 1 January, 2017 and last for 2 years. 
President: Angie Lau
Treasurer: Eunice Kim
Singapore VP: Chelsea Phua
Tokyo Co-VPs: Haruka Nuga & Hiromi Tanoue
At-large board members: Zela Chin & Eunji Kim
National board representative: Yuriko Nagano


All other officers will remain their terms until the end of 2017. 


we want YOU for AAJA-Asia Election 2016!

Dear members,



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.



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 or Carina Lee at


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

Results of AAJA Asia Seoul elections

Dear members.

The  Seoul sub-chapter first-ever elections were successfully held and the results are in! We are excited to announce the new leaders of Seoul for 2017.

Youkyung Lee, Programming Director for Large Events and Tea Talks

I will bring my experiences from the past two years helping the board and Seoul members successfully host the first two N3Con in Seoul. I look forward to another great year with AAJA-Asia.

Youkyung has been working as a business and technology reporter for the Associated Press in Seoul for more than four years. Before that she was a technology writer for Yonhap News Agency’s English news department.

Brolley Genster, Programming Director for Educational Programs and Workshops

The most beneficial part of being an AAJA-Asia member over the past three years for me has been the ability to learn skills from and experience new places with the members of the sub-chapter here in Seoul. One of our young sub-chapter’s assets is that it is comprised of members with such diverse backgrounds and experiences that we can all learn from. In running for the Programming Director for Education Programs and Workshops position for 2017, I am committing myself to leading programs that will benefit and grow the skill sets and opportunities of our members to help them professionally and ensure that their memberships are worth every penny. I will work with the chapter to identify the wants and needs and do my best to provide programming for everyone.

Brolley is currently the Culture Editor at the Korea JoongAng Daily. He has been in Seoul for four years, and has been an active member of AAJA-Asia for the past three. He is a big fan of going to live sporting events, Krispy Kreme donuts, pajeon when it rains, reading magazines, Kim Soo-hyun’s bowling career, the Bodega Boys, Biden-Obama memes and getting lost.

Mark Zastrow, Director for Social Events and Mixers

Ever since I moved back to Seoul last year and started coming to AAJA events, the Seoul subchapter has always been a wonderful, open, and supportive community for me. The social events have been a great way to make connections, meet interesting people, and most of all, relax with friends and a drink or four after rushing to meet some awful deadline. In the past 18 months, I’ve been to a lot of AAJA social events. I’ve always had a lot of fun, and I want to thank Eunji, Carina, and Taehoon for putting these on. I hope to keep the good times rolling with a steady calendar of mixers and social events where newcomers can feel as welcome as I did. Thanks for your consideration!

Mark Zastrow is a science journalist, and has been based in Seoul since 2015. He has written for Nature, New Scientist, NOVA Next, Retraction Watch, Sky & Telescope and other outlets. He received his bachelors degree in astrophysics from the University of Minnesota and masters degrees in astronomy and science journalism from Boston University. He is currently a full-time freelancer, a some-time photographer, a lapsed private pilot, and a devout Formula 1 fan.

Gavin Huang, At-Large Board Member I

I have been associated with AAJA ever since high school, when I participated in the organization’s J Camp program for minority high school students. After graduating, I officially became a paid member of the association and have been part of the New England and New York chapters while studying in college and working at internships. It was natural, then, that I would find myself with the Seoul subchapter when I moved here for work just over a year ago, and ever since, I’ve contributed what I can to the organization, whether it’s been helping with graphic design work for the N3 Conference or planning the trivia event for the annual holiday party. Given my wide range of skills in multimedia but also relatively short amount of time with the Seoul subchapter, I believe playing a supporting role as an at-large board member would be the best fit for me. I am interested in contributing my talent to help the subchapter grow by helping out with professional workshops and social events.

Gavin currently deputy business editor at the Korea JoongAng Daily, where in addition to editing, he also manages the paper’s social media pages and co-host a podcast on Korean news. His previous experience in journalism spans across mediums, as I have worked on documentaries, television newsrooms and magazines.

Elaine Ramirez, At-Large Board MemberII

Get ‘er done!

Elaine is an editor and writer based in Seoul, South Korea. She cofounded a web magazine in Chile and directed a print magazine in South Korea. She has written and edited for newspapers and magazines in New York, Santiago and Seoul.

Sunho Kwon, Student Relations Coordinator

During my college years, I have been participating in many international conferences/forums with other students from different parts of the world, for which, I think I have the right set of skills in terms of connecting with students and developing a fruitful relationship with them. And more than anything, I have a great passion to learn new things and how to properly address issues that I have never dealt with before. it’s a challenge and I see a great value in facing challenges.

Sunho is a senior at Chung-ang University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in business administration but have a great interest in being a part of NPO/NGO’s operations and making contributions to their path to serving their purpose in our community. He is anticipated to graduate next summer.

Haeyoon Kim, Translation Coordinator

Since I am stationed in PyeongChang on weekdays, I may not be able to offer all of the interpretation services required but I will definitely find someone who is capable and available to help provide smooth communication during the AAJA events.

Currently hired as an interpreter/translator for PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games organizing committee,
Haeyoon has  interpreted for several AAJA events including N3CON 2016.

Jihyoung Son, Job Search Coordinator

It has been such an honor to be AAJA member as a local college student since late 2014 and participate in major events of AAJA, some of which I gratefully took up duties at. The events and the people I met in Seoul sub-chapter have offered me a wide range of opportunities to leap forward. Now it is probably time to repay what I had received back to AAJA, by putting forward what I had been through as a student member for the last two years and coordinating with AAJA Seoul sub-chapter Board Members.

Jihyoung’s bio: 

Intern reporter at The Korea Herald (2016)
Contributing writer to N3Con Magazine (2016)
6th N3Con logistics committee co-chair (2016)
Freelance news assistant for Jean Lee, Geoffrey Cain, Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio (2015)
5th N3Con volunteer staff (2015)
The Asian Games News Service Reporter at The Korea Herald (2014)
Undergraduate student at Hankuk University of Foreign Students (2009~)

Ha-young Choi, Fundraising Coordinator

Based on my experiences in community activities, I will contribute to AAJA Asia Seoul to organize various events by fundraising.

Ha-young a journalist for The Korea Times. Working at the city desk, she tries to find unseen angles by casting light on social minorities and ordinary people’s voice.

Nayoung Kang, Social Media Team Director

I want to make the Seoul chapter even bigger and better by connecting people and getting them engaged through social media, events, and activities. My job is basically connecting people and telling stories, and I want to use these skills to bring Seoul’s journalists and media professionals together in a network that makes the city shine as a major media hub in Asia.

Nayoung is a Korean American from New Jersey who has been living and working in Seoul since 2010. She has worked in various industries and capacities, but all of my jobs have involved writing and editing. Currently she works at a PR agency, representing tech clients. Her idea of a perfect Sunday afternoon is a bike ride along the Han River wrapped up with a picnic in Seoul Forest with friends.

Soee Kwon, Social Media Coordinator I

I would like to learn more about new media on journalism side. As I work closely with YouTube everyday, I get to realize how journalism is heavily rely on new media these days. Also, since I learned a lot about YouTube and its data past 2 and a half years, it will help me to perform good on social media coordinator position.

Hi! My name is Soee and I majored in Journalism from CalState Northridge in the States. I am currently working at ICONIX, the animation studio of Poror the Little Penguin and The Little Bus Tayo. I work at New business team and managing Pororo and Tayo’s YouTube Channels, do new media marketing and produce contents for YouTube and IPTV.  We do make over 2 hundreds-million views per month through YouTube and it’s very meaningful because we deliver contents for children around the world. I hope to continue to  pursue my career through new media.

Kianna Mckenzie, Social Media Coordinator II

Using my qualifications as both a past recruitment chair and leader of the Korea-America Student Conference I have been given the opportunity to learn more about the bilateral relations between both Korea and America. AAJA Asia Seoul goals are to make newsrooms more ethnically and racially diverse and ensuring fair and accurate coverage of the Asian community and I feel I can contribute to this because of the fact that I have the experience of being within the Asian community although while not being completely Asian. I can provide a different outlook and perspective making sure that the newsrooms have a more ethnically and racially diverse yet accurate image of the Asian community. The Asian community is something I hold dear to me and with all of the experiences and aspirations I have I hope to help AAJA Asia grow more.

Hello, my name is Kianna Mckenzie and I am currently a third year on exchange at Korea University. My major is Media and East Asian Language with a concentration in Korean. The past two summers I have dedicated my time to the Korea-America Student Conference having been both a delegate, a chair, and a roundtable leader. Certain qualifications acquired since I had the opportunity to create a conference, recruit both speakers and future delegates, and lead a roundtable has given me the ability to be a leader, an exceptional listener, to effectively create events, be interactive, and the having the ability to counsel others.

Simone Jeong, Photographer

Feel, Dream, Think, Act & Share, this world is what we make of it. Nothing more and nothing less. So let’s make it the best we can!

Simone is a freelancer who has written for the Dutch newspaper, Dutch travel magazines, University guides and she has been a professional reviewer for TBSefm in Seoul South Korea.

AAJA Asia’s Seoul VP Taehoon Lee will serve as the chair, AAJA Asia’s Secretary Carina Lee will serve as the treasurer, and AAJA Asia’s at-large board member Eunji Kim will serve as the secretary for the Seoul subchapter in 2017.


Congratulations to all the winners of the elections and newly appointed officers for the Seoul sub-Chapter!  Your term will also be one year starting Jan. 1 2017