New. Now. Next

#N3Con is #RethinkingNews #Asia

The time has come to #Rethink. Social media and artificial intelligence are rapidly changing the way we gather and share news. As soon as we master the game of today’s news, the rules have already changed.


The New. Now. Next Media Conference, known as N3Con, is hosted by the Asia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, and features lively discussion of the latest issues in Asia, and hands-on workshops explaining what’s new in storytelling for the digital era – and how you can master it.

N3Con 2018 will be held in Hong Kong from May 25-27. Under the theme #RethinkingNews #Asia, New.Now.Next recognizes that the future of media is Asia. With our unique vantage point of East meets West, we bring together the cutting-edge concepts of blockchain, social media and apply them to real-world issues we cover.

With in-depth panels, workshops and lightning talks that hone in on the current Asian news environment, N3Con 2018 aims to prepare the next generation of journalists with a solid foundation that will allow them to evolve no matter how the technology changes.


Who We Are

N3Con is hosted by AAJA-Asia.

The Asian-American Journalists Association was founded in 1981 by a small group of journalists who felt a need to support one another and to encourage more Asian American and Pacific Islanders to pursue journalism.
As a nonprofit educational organization with more than 1,700 members in 21 chapters across the U.S. and Asia, AAJA has a growing number of members working throughout Asia — in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, the Philippines and Bangladesh — which underscores the rapid growth of media properties in Asia and points the way to future expansion of the organization.

Close to one-third of AAJA’s members are students, attesting to the organization’s emphasis on bringing young people into the news business.

-To provide a means of association and support among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) journalists, and to advance AAPI journalists as news managers and media executives.
-To provide encouragement, information, advice and scholarship assistance to AAPI students who aspire to professional journalism careers.
-To provide to the AAPI community an awareness of news media and an understanding of how to gain fair access.
-To research and point out when news media organizations stray from accuracy and fairness in the coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and AAPI issues.

For more information, visit aaja.org.

Get Involved

We are looking for volunteers to help during the 3-day conference to:
-Help with registration and reception, and offer guidance to visitors at the venue
-Maintain the conference hall or workshop rooms
-Promote the conference and the relevant publications

Other qualifications:
*A good command of Chinese is a plus
*Media-related experience is appreciated

This is your opportunity to deeply participate in the conference with hundreds of talented media veterans and gain insight and experience from them.

For further inquiries or to sign up, contact us with the form below.


For the past decade, AAJA-Asia has been providing fellowships for outstanding journalists to enrich their journalistic careers. Our board is committed to supporting today’s ambitious and talented young journalists and professionals to explore the creative news reporting methods, and to improve the journalistic skills by attending training, conferences and cultural visits.

AAJA N3 Fellowship Awards

We are offering THREE $350 fellowships for any Asia chapter member in the region to attend the 8th annual N3 New.Now.Next Media Conference and ONE $500 stipend for a US-based AAJA member flying to Asia to attend.

This is part of AAJA-Asia’s support for members and will help defray travel and lodging costs. Basic N3 conference registration is included.

Applicants must be current members and have registered for the conference. To join AAJA or renew your membership, please click here (choose Asia to join the fastest-growing chapter).

CLICK HERE for stipend application.

AAJA-Asia Leadership Fellowship Award

We also are offering Leadership Fellowship Awards to two exemplary AAJA-Asia members to attend AAJA’s ELP or any other leadership training. Two scholarships of up to US$1,000 each will be awarded. For details and the criteria, check out the application form.

Columbia Journalism School Student Fellowship

AAJA-Asia is partnering with the Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism to provide fellowships so three AAJA student members can attend N3Con in Hong Kong. Each winner will be awarded $750 from this Columbia grant. The application can be found here.

Deadline for the above fellowships and scholarships is March 4, except the N3Con Columbia Journalism School Student Fellowship, which is due March 16. Recipients will be announced by March 30.

Student Digital Journalism Award, Sponsored by Google News Lab

Google News Lab and AAJA-Asia are partnering to award the best student-made digital journalism project of the year. The winner (or winning team) gets US$1,000, free conference tickets and more. Applications are due April 30. Details here


Contact Us

If you would like to volunteer, sponsor or speak at N3Con, contact us.

Download a PDF brochure for N3Con 2018