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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 bit.ly/Journalism360.
  • 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. http://www.aaja.org/join

 

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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. 

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!

**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

WEBSITE: n3con.com

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 (https://koreaexpose.com/), 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 (https://www.facebook.com/mediati.kr/) and Korea Exposé, which is one of the media startups invested by Mediati, here (https://www.facebook.com/KoreaExpose/).  

 

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: https://www.instagram.com/junmichaelpark/

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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

https://koreaexpose.com/ethics-south-korean-journalism-fails/ (in English)

 

_by Ms. Mun So Young, one of our panelists

http://www.journalist.or.kr/news/article.html?no=40860 (in Korean).

 

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) 
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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

AAJA ASIA: President’s Report

 

October Report

Dear AAJA Asia Members:

October was a busy month for all. A truly eventful start to the fourth quarter, and primed to finish the year AAJA strong. From events hosted across the region, and more in the planning book from Singapore to Hong Kong, Seoul to Tokyo and more… we are supporting each other professionally and personally, and in ways that few journalism groups are able to do regionally.

We are on track to host our first ever Trivia Bowl in Hong Kong! This is a tradition of all our Chapters in the U.S. But for the first time, it comes to Asia! Teams are being formed as we speak, from Bloomberg to Reuters, SCMP, NY Times to WSJ. We hope to raise money for J-Camp in Asia, which we want to launch next summer. AAJA J-Camp Co-founder Neal Justin is ready to support with staffing and star journalists to help lead in HK. It is a work in progress, but it will depend on our ability to fund. As you may already be aware, I spent a few years as co-director of this program. It’s one of the most fulfilling times I’ve ever spent as a journalist.

I also wanted to update you on Google support. AAJA Asia successfully hosted a unique News Lab event for journalists with their U.S. team. We also have a promise that Google once again, will be providing funding support for N3C and AAJA Asia Digital Award. This is amazing news, and shows our value as an organization as we collaborate with one of the most innovative tech companies in the world. Google is looking to reprise their regional News Lab conference in 2016. They know we are very interested in partnering with them once again in conjunction with N3C, but they cannot confirm location nor date until January. Google is aware of our plans to host N3C once again in Seoul, sometime in May. I will keep you apprised of any and all developments with Google on this front.

We are also looking at hiring for a support staff position for N3C in 2016. This will be a paid position, commensurate to the detailed work and logistical organization needed for another successful year. We are also well aware that last year was an outlier as there was a leadership change mid-planning, and it came together very last AAJA Asia PRESIDENT’S REPORT Updates: 1. HK Trivia Bowl 2. Google News Lab Nov. 13th 3. N3C Google Funding 4. N3C Staff Position minute. We aim to relieve the pressure we put on ourselves and our incredible volunteers by planning well in advance. Board Chapter member, Oanh Ha is taking the helm here along with Sean Lim.

And I end this note with gratitude for two incredible members who are changing titles within the organization. Yuri Nagano as you know served alongside me as copresident during our transition from Ramy Inocencio last year. Yuri gave the Chapter much needed detailed guidance and made sure nothing fell through the cracks. She has stepped back now, to focus on her family and work, but remains very much by my side and yours. Wendy Tang is also stepping away from her role in HK, as she is off to Beijing for her next adventure! We thank her for incredible work in HK, a friend to so many of us. We will miss our little sis’! But of course, we have no doubt that she is going to help us take over Beijing and sign up new members and create some AAJA buzz there.

After all, we ARE now officially the largest Chapter in AAJA! Overtaking even powerhouse Chapters New York and Los Angeles. We could not have done it without each and every one of you.

All in all, a great finish to 2015! With 2016 around the corner, the best is yet to come.

In AAJA Spirit,

Angie Lau
AAJA Asia Chapter President