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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 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.

AAJA Asia Hong Kong 2nd annual Trivia Bowl 2016: What a Night! THANK YOU

Cheering, screaming, laughing, crying, and push-ups






…nothing out of the ordinary for journalists +friends on a Friday night in Hong Kong.

And it made for one memorable evening at AAJA Asia’s 2nd annual Trivia Bowl Fundraiser!!!

THANK YOU to our Silent Auction and Raffle sponsors:


THANK YOU to our host with the most, Teacher-by-day-Comedian-by-night funnyman Ryan Hynek.  Go see him at TakeOut ComedyHe is as funny as he is generous and talented.  That’s A LOT of funny in one man.

THANK YOU to our amazing AAJA Asia volunteers and student volunteers who made sure you were well taken care of throughout the evening!

But most important THANK YOU for coming out and supporting AAJA Asia Chapter and the work we do to support each other, young journalists and students in media in the APAC region.  YOU helped us raise $58,000 HKD last night!!!  This money will go towards student scholarships, J Camp for high school students, professional development, workshops and our 7th annual New.Now.Next Media conference back here in Hong Kong, May 2017!  An exciting year to come.


We couldn’t have done it without you.  Thank YOU for making it one uproarious, hilarious, ego-boosting/crushing, brain-taxingly fun night.

See you next year!!  




Hello, AAJA members


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November seems to be the right time for changes. Changes in Korea’s political and media landscape rocked by mounting corruption allegations. Changes in the Seoul sub-chapter for all good reasons.


As Seoul has grown into the biggest sub-chapter in Asia, we have decided to elect new officers for the term of 2017.


The positions up for election this year are  

Programming Director for Large Events and Tea Talks,

Programming Director for Educational Programs and Workshops,

Programming Director for Social Events and Mixers and

At-Large Board Member.


All four of them will serve as board members. The At-Large Board Member will provide support to programming directors and carry out assignments as requested by the board.


For those interested in shaping the future of the AAJA Asia Seoul, please submit this Elective Post Application Form that you can find athttps://goo.gl/forms/qfWvHAWNxw0LiOLi1


We also have openings for non-elective posts including

Translator Coordinator,

Job Search Coordinator,

Fundraising Coordinator,

Social Media Coordinator and



Their term will also be one year starting Jan. 1 2017.


For those interested in one of the positions, please fill in this Non-Elective Post Application Form, which you can find at https://goo.gl/forms/HtubhnJxwrFLYzJs1.


The following is this year’s election schedule

Application deadline: Nov 16

Voting/Post Application Review: Nov. 17 – Nov 30

Announcement of Results: Dec. 3 at Holiday Party/Trivia Bowl


If you have questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to ask. Together we can make a difference.

Best regards

Taehoon Lee, AAJA Asia’s VP for Seoul.

AAJA Seoul September Mixer

AAJA Seoul has started its mixer event from September and this will be for Journalists to network with other Journalists in Seoul.


The sub-chapter invites all AAJA-ers to come out and have some quality time together. At the event, the group has done some fun facts guessing game for participants to know more about each other.


This opportunity has engaged Journalists to share their interesting stories to the public. The sub-chapter will be having its next event at October 14th. The event will usually start at 7:30 p.m. and going throughout 10pm.

For questions or suggestions on the event, please let us know at aajaasiaseoul@gmail.com .

What happens at AAJA Convention in Las Vegas…

Below is a note from Chapter President Angie Lau.

What happens in Vegas, does NOT stay in Vegas…
Not when AAJA Asia Chapter wins Chapter of the Year!

A handful of us represented the Asia Chapter at the National Convention in Vegas.  We were reunited with former Chapter members like Ramy Inocencio, Elizabeth Yuan, Hannah Bae, Lauren Hardie, Steve Herman, and Annalisa Burgos … joined current members like Chapter President Angie Lau, Wendy Tang, Yuri Nagano, Xiaoming Jiao, Jake Adelstein and others at Caesar’s Palace in Vegas.

Continue reading What happens at AAJA Convention in Las Vegas…

Join us at “Seas the Day” in Hong Kong !

Join us next Saturday, July 9th 
AAJA Asia Journos +friends “Seas the Day”

What: Swimming (or not), drinking, eating, music ,carousing, hanging, and enjoying a beautiful day at sea with 35 of our AAJA Asia gang and friends.

Where: We shall depart at Central Pier 9 at 9:00 AM sharp.

Details: BYOB, and your own snacks, but food will be included.  We may also decide to head to Lamma for a pay-on-your own/ split the bill seafood feast!

Sign up here and pay via Chapter President, Angie Lau

HSBC: 041-468406-833

$350 for AAJA Asia Chapter members
(yes, membership has its privileges) 
+$400 for non-member friends!  mime-attachment

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

Volunteer call outs for N3con!

The Seoul Chapter of the Asian American Journalist Association is looking for volunteers of the sixth annual New. Now. Next Media Conference (N3 Con) to be held from May 27th to 29th.

2016 N3CON LOGO FINAL portrait low res


Some 300 journalists across Asia, including Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing and the United States will participate in the conference, which will be held under the theme of “Journalism in the Mobile Age.”

The venue for the conference will be the Seoul Center for Creative Economy and Innovation on May 27 and D.Camp on May 27-29.


We are looking for candidates for volunteering in N3Con 2016 who are able to:


  • Maintain conference hall/workshop rooms

  • Help with registration before the conference at information desk

  • Interpret/translate/research for an N3 Magazine and promote the event

  • Film workshops and conferences and upload them on the N3 Con website


Candidates with media/journalism background are preferred. A good command of Korean language will be a plus.

Those interested in the volunteer job are required to submit resume/CV and cover letter to brolley@gmail.com or fodknow@gmail.com. The email addresses are available for questions about the volunteer job and the conference in general as well. The DEADLINE is Friday, April 1 at 3pm. For more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/events/1696574177270235/

Volunteers will be invited to a VIP reception to be held on May 27 at Bloomberg Korea. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to network with journalists from international news organizations such as the Associated Press, The New Your Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, among others. They come from print, broadcast, radio and new media.

Volunteers will have a free access to the event and enjoy the chance for “Resume Doctor” by veteran journalists.

The N3Con Volunteer group will be run on a shift basis, meaning volunteers themselves are able to attend conferences.


Don’t miss the chance to get inspired by not only lectures covering a vast range of aspects related to evolving media industry in digital-first era, but also keynote speeches by highly-coveted guest speakers.


The event will lay a cornerstone for your journalism career.

Website: N3con.com

Ticket sales: n3con.eventrbite.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/n3conference/

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1005870892831338/

AAJA Hiking with Pulitzer Prize Winning NYT Reporter Choe Sang-hun

AAJA Seoul invites its members and friends to hiking with Choe Sang-hun, The New York Times’s Seoul bureau chief and winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

We will walk the Seoul City Wall of Bugaksan, mountain surounding the Blue House.

Choe began his journalism career as a political reporter at The Korea Herald, an English-language daily. He joined the Associated Press’ Seoul Bureau in 1994.

While a correspondent there he won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for bringing to light the decades-old No Gun Ri Massacre. He was the first Korean to receive a Pulitzer Prize. He moved to the International New York Times [formerly International Herald Tribune] in 2005.

We will ask a 10,000 won donation for AAJA members and a 20,000 won donation for non-members. We will have a tea talk and lunch with Choe at Newsbacker’s Office in Insadong at 12:30 PM.

We will meet at 9am at Changuimun Gate ( Gyeongbokgung Station Exit 3 → Green bus No. 7212, 1020 or 7022 → Get off the bus off Jahamungogae Ridge → 2 minutes on foot).

You must present a valid ID (such as passport, ARC, driver’s license and ETC). Don’t forget to bring your ID!!!!!

For more information about Bugakan Hiking Trail please check at http://seoulcitywall.seoul.go.kr/front/eng/sub04/sub0401.do or athttp://hikinghubkorea.com/seouls-mountains/bugaksan.html

**2016 AAJA Seoul’s Tea Talk event **

AAJA Seoul invites its members and journalists to the upcoming tea talk with leukemia victims from Samsung semiconductor plants and Samsung representatives.

The event will take place on January 16 when Samsung is expected to conclude its negotiation with representatives of leukemia victims over a host of thorny issues, including the compensation package, preventive measures and the way of offering an apology over alleged industrial workplace-related illnesses.
It will be a rare opportunity to hear from both leukemia victims and Samsung officials. The guests will include Hwang Sang-ki, who lost his 23-year-old daughter Yumi because of acute leukemia in 2007, Song Chang-ho, head of the Family Committee and a former Samsung factory worker, Dr. Jeong-ok Kong, a representative from Banolim which is a local advocacy group known as SHARPS, and possibly Paik Soo-ha, Samsung Electronics’ chief negotiator and public relations vice president.
Paik will confirm whether or not to attend the tea talk in the next few days. He said Samsung represenatives, including himself, may boycott the event if the majority of attendees are from media outlets known to write biased, anti-Samsung articles.

We expect interesting discussions at the tea talk as Song, head of the Family Committee, appears to be quite satisfied with Samsung’s preventive measures and compensation package thus far, whereas other victims from Banollim are not.

Tea and snacks will be provided. Korean-English interpretation will also be available. $10,000 won for the members of the American Asian Journalists Association, $15,000 for non-members.


For RSVP, please check our facebook event