N3ConU Kicks Off With Pizza Parties Across Asia!
AAJA-Asia has long been one of the region’s leading communities for journalists, providing educational platforms and networking opportunities for journalism students and leading professionals in the field.
This year, we launched N3ConU, targeting the student experience at AAJA-Asia’s annual New. Now. Next Media Conference, which invites journalists to share their knowledge and experience in new storytelling techniques and key issues facing journalism.
N3ConU connects students, media organizations and veteran journalists, offering educational, networking and mentoring services.
We organized multiple pizza parties in cities across Asia in March with the aim of gathering volunteers for N3Con 2018 and signups for AAJA’s key programs and N3ConU student offerings.
In Hong Kong, two parties were held, one at Baptist University and another at the Journalism Media Studies Centre.
At Baptist University, about 30 showed up as Bloomberg’s Asia Consumer & Health News Editor and AAJA-Asia’s new President Oanh Ha talked about how to jumpstart one’s journalism career, sharing her own experience from an internship to the full-time job she now has at Bloomberg.
At the University of Hong Kong, TVB senior producer Zela Chin, and digital producer Isabel Wong delivered a panel discussion on “Jumpstarting Your Career in Journalism” combined with an information session for 20 aspiring young journalists.
Both Zela and Isabel shared how they got into journalism, followed by a heated Q&A session on topics including how to get a good story pitch, the impacts of technology on journalism, and how one can combine other fields of interest with journalism.
The AAJA teams in Tokyo and Seoul also hosted pizza parties.
The AAJA Tokyo Pizza Party was held at the the Bloomberg Tokyo Office, gathering about 15 students and professionals. Brian Fowler, Managing Editor of Bloomberg News Japan and Korea, and Ken Moritsugu, News Director of Associated Press Japan and the Koreas, were invited to speak about their journalism careers. The discussion went beyond to cover the career tips to succeed in the industry and the future of journalism.
The Seoul subchapter’s pizza party was held in conjunction with a panel discussion titled “Fixers: The local eyes and ears of foreign reporters.” University students from Seoul and beyond were invited, gathering a total of 35 people.
The event kicked off as Seoul subchapter co-vice presidents Mark Zastrow and Brolley Genster joined Seoul member and lead organizer of N3Con 2018 Elaine Ramirez to introduce AAJA and N3Con. The panel was later moderated by Seoul subchapter board member Jihye Lee, and panelists included Dasl Yoon, Joseph Kim, and Jake Kwon, all of whom began their journalism careers assisting foreign correspondents covering stories on the Korean Peninsula.
The panelists shared their experiences in the field, the most challenging parts of the job, tips on how to help visiting journalists think of new angles for their stories in order to avoid cliches, and advice on how to advocate for yourself and get paid what you deserve when you are a freelancer.
According to the organizers, the four parties managed to gather a total of 40 volunteers.
“We had such a fun and enlightening discussion about digital and broadcast journalism. I was absolutely impressed by the journalism students at JMSC because they all came prepared with insightful questions and more importantly, they were passionate about journalism,” said Isabel, one of the guest speakers at the HKU party.
“The students were whip smart, and asked deep, thoughtful questions about being a journalist. I am excited that they will become my future colleagues in the industry,” said Zela, the second guest speaker from the HKU party.
Mark Zastrow, Seoul subchapter co-vice president was very happy to see the turnout. “Our members Jihye and YouKyung did a great job putting on an event that spotlighted fixing and gave students insight into a crucial role—and one the best ways to break into international journalism for students in Korea,” he says.
Couldn’t make it to a pizza party?
Worry not! You can still apply for N3ConU’s student offerings.
N3ConU is open to multiple student offerings including the Google Digital Journalism Award, Mentor Match, Resume Doctor sign-ups and Newsroom Tour & Socials.
The Google Digital Journalism Award is supported by Google News Lab, rewarding students for a creative demonstration of “new ways of storytelling”, exploring multiple mediums and unique contest. The prize includes US$1,000 cash, free conference tickets and much more!
The Mentor Match pairs students to be paired with professional journalists for exchange of knowledge, providing students an opportunity to seek career and professional advice. At the same time, Resume Doctor sign-ups are speed-mentoring sessions where students receive quick tips on how to improve resumes for future job applications.
On the sidelines of the Hong Kong conference in May, Newsroom Tour & Socials will be organized for young journalists to speak to editors and reporters, explore the offices of leading news organizations in Asia’s media hub and meet other journalism enthusiasts in the field.
For more info on registration, visit https://www.n3con.com/2018/n3conu/#n3conu-students
Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity!
Written by Joy Pamnani, HKU student representative for N3Con