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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!

**AAJA-Asia Tokyo: A Talk with Hyeonseo Lee**

Hyeonseo Lee, a North Korean defector and author of “The Girl with Seven Names,” spoke to AAJA-Asia Tokyo members at the Bloomberg Tokyo office on October 20th, 2016.
She has shared with AAJA members as well as Bloomberg journalists about her experiences escaping the regime to China then eventually to South Korea. She also talked about what’s ahead for her as she runs a NGO in New York to combat human trafficking of defectors.. We had the opportunity to hear from her back in 2015 when she was invited to N3con Award Dinner as the keynote speaker.
She has also hosted a TED talk in 2013 on her experience of escaping North Korea which you can watch here:
A big thank you to Lee for taking the time to fit us into her busy international travel schedule. 
Hyeonseo Lee, in middle holding tan coat, with AAJA-Asia members after talking to them at a members-only event in Tokyo.
Hyeonseo Lee, in middle holding tan coat, with AAJA-Asia members after talking to them at a members-only event in Tokyo.

A big thanks to Bloomberg News too for hosting the talk at its Tokyo office and providing a yummy bento box dinner too!


AAJA-Asia, Tokyo 2016 Annual Hanami Party


It’s almost time for the cherry trees all over Tokyo to burst with pinkness, and of course we celebrate that event by sitting underneath them with jokes, stories, and laughter.

Let’s all catch up and celebrate the thawing out of Greater Tokyo, and welcome Springtime in together!

We will meet up on Jingu Bridge over the JR tracks near the Omotesando Exit for JR Harajuku station and Exit 2 from Tokyo Metro’s Jingu-mae station.
(map: https://goo.gl/maps/zpAdXjAr2Np)

Once in the park, keitai reception is not the best but I will try to put up map to give a rough idea of where we will be.

Also, the forecast is saying there may be afternoon rain. If it becomes too rainy, then we can make a rain date for the following Sunday.

Please RSVP on our Facebook event page to let us know you’ll join!

Tokyo Meet-Up, With Visiting Member Eldes Tran

Join us for a mixer with AAJA member Eldes Tran, a copy editor at the International New York Times in Hong Kong, and a board member and social media editor of AAJA-Asia. This is also a few days after our first multi-city teleconference Uplink event, which is being held in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Hanoi and Seoul on Nov. 29. Let’s debrief!

This is also likely to be our last AAJA gathering in Tokyo for the year. See you there!

When: Tuesday, Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Andy’s Shin Hinomoto, 2-4-4 Yurakacho, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Who: All are welcome. See Facebook invite

AAJA-Asia Uplink: Lessons from the field

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AAJA-Asia will be hosting its first ever multi-city online journalism event on Nov. 29. Two panels with several top speakers and experienced journalists from across Asia will meet, in person and online, to talk shop. Find out where people are meeting in your city and come join the discussion!


Tokyo — Waseda University (1-104 Totsukamachi, Shinjuku. Building No. 3, Room 704. Details and map here)/2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Hong Kong — Digital Media Lab, Eliot Hall, University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam Road)/ 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Seoul — Divine (736-9 Hannam-dong Yongsan-gu, 2nd floor. Details and map here)/2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Hanoi — Bloomberg News (Sentinel Building, 41A Ly Thai To, Suite 522, Hoan Kiem District, 84-4-3938 8940)/12 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Singapore — PWC Building, 8 Cross Street, #25-06/07, Singapore 048424

SATURDAY, NOV. 29, 2014


FREE for AAJA members/co-host university students. US$10 per city for non-members.


[Keynote panel] Confessions from a Veteran Journalist – 60 min.

At this Google Hangout panel connecting speakers in three cities – Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo – seasoned reporters and editors from top news organizations will offer their insights on lessons learned through their experiences.

What mistakes have these top journalists made and how did they recover from them? What advice can they give his/her 10-, 20-year younger self? How can journalists be successful and survive in an increasingly lean newsroom environment?

Speakers will each give a short talk. A 30-min. Q&A session will follow.

Speakers: Elaine Kurtenbach (AP, Tokyo), Kurt Achin (Freelance, Seoul), Zeb Eckert (Bloomberg News, HK)

Moderator: Ken Moritsugu (AP, Tokyo)

[Panel 2] Reporting Tools You Can Use – 60 min. 

What’s the latest in news collecting and verifying information? This multi-city, interactive panel will look at the apps and online tools reporters can use. Find out what the next, next Twitter or LinkedIn is, for gathering story ideas and reaching out to sources.

Each speaker will introduce a tool or an app. (5 minutes each.) A 30-min. session follows with other AAJA member cities chiming in and sharing the latest app or tool used in their cities.

Speakers: ClassDo, Chiew Chung (ClassDo, Tokyo). Twitter, Olivia Rosenman (Storyful, Hong Kong). WordPress, Darcy Christ (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong). Independent Media Outlet Creation, Tae-hoon Lee (Korea Observer, Seoul) & Steve Miller (Asia News Weekly, Seoul). Banjo, Jason Gatewood (NextMedia Animation, Taipei). Deep Web Search, Oanh Ha (Bloomberg News, Hanoi)

Moderator: Zela Chin (TVB, Hong Kong)

AAJA-Asia Multi-City Event in Tokyo: How to get there

AAJA-Asia will be hosting its first ever multi-city online journalism event on Nov. 29. Two panels with several top speakers and experienced journalists from across Asia will meet, in person and online, to talk shop. Find out where people are meeting in your city and come join the discussion!


Tokyo — Waseda University (Building No. 3, Room 704) /2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Tokyo Hiking – Kamakura Alps (beginners welcome!)

PLEASE RSVP – since this is a free event, we don’t mind showing up on the day, but we would like an idea of numbers, so please do indicate that you’re going on this Facebook event or otherwise let John Mathews know at jm(at)john-matthews.net if you’ll be joining us.

+1s WELCOME – all able-bodied adults are welcome to join; if you have a family member or friend you would like to bring along, please do! The climb isn’t terribly challenging, so don’t worry too much about being a hiking expert.

BRING PHOTO GEAR! – We’re looking to snap some great photos, and I’ll be bringing my own audio equipment to get some trail ambiance. If you’re looking to get pointers on the technical side of photos, this will be a great opportunity to do so!

Meet location: JR Kita-Kamakura Station
(Between 45-55min from Tokyo via Tokaido and Yokosuka lines, roughly same time from Shinjuku on the Shonan-Shinjuku line)
Date/start time: 26 October, 12:30pm, finishing by sunset
Fee: None! Please do take care of your own transportation costs to Kita-Kamakura station (a little over 900 yen from Shinjuku)

AAJA-Asia Tokyo: Meet a journalist relentlessly pursuing TEPCO

Hear from a journalist who has been covering the Tokyo Electric Power Co. news conferences for the last three years. Ryuichi Kino just has come out with his third book on his relentless pursuit for accountability from the utility and the government.

He will share with us his take on the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, his insight on what might be ahead and give us advice for journalism on this complex but important Japan news.

Continue reading AAJA-Asia Tokyo: Meet a journalist relentlessly pursuing TEPCO

AAJA-Asia congratulates Yuri Nagano & Hannah Bae for 2014 ELP

AAJA’s premier leadership-training program, the Executive Leadership Program, has chosen key AAJA-Asia leaders Yuri Nagano and Hannah Bae as part of its exclusive 2014 program.

yurikophotoYuri, vice president of AAJA-Asia’s Tokyo sub-chapter, is an American freelance reporter with long-time roots in California and in AAJA. She has reported for Bloomberg BNA, the Los Angeles Times, AP, International New York Times, The Economist and many other news organizations. Learn more about her work here.

Hannah_BaeHannah, former vice president of the Seoul sub-chapter, recently moved from South Korea back to New York to join Newsday as social media coordinator in late 2013. She formerly worked in the public affairs division at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, as well as for CNN Travel and Yonhap News. Bae is prolific on social media and you can follow her on Twitter.

For more on AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program and how to apply for the 2015 program, click here.

Please join me in congratulating Yuri and Hannah — two of AAJA-Asia’s brightest leaders!

Together we rise,

Ramy Inocencio

AAJA-Asia President

Tokyo Shinnenkai Mixer

Happy New Year!

Ramy Inocencio, our Asia chapter president, is in Tokyo this week so let’s meet up.

This will double as a shinnenkai event and a welcome gathering for new members, Sky Gardener and J.T. Quigley.

Date/Time: Sunday, Jan. 5 from 12 p.m.
Location:  Paikaji Shinjuku, 050-5797-0820

(reservation under “AAJA”)

Please RSVP by selecting “Going” on the AAJA-Asia Tokyo subchapter Facebook event posting.