Where Tomorrow’s Journalists Engage Today’s Media

Welcome to N3ConU, the student experience at the New. Now. Next Media Conference.

N3Con is one of the top Asia-focused educational platforms for journalism students and journalists at every stage of their career, to learn, exchange ideas and network with professionals from both inside and outside of the industry.

We take pride in featuring numerous award-winning journalists who share their knowledge and experience in some of the best and most up-to-date educational, skills training and professional development programs annually.

This year, we are launching N3ConU to enhance the student experience by integrating our educational, networking and mentoring services through our broad network of media organizations and veteran journalists across the region.

The New. Now. Next Media Conference will give the next generation of journalists a solid foundation to evolve with the changes. It’s the perfect opportunity for students and aspiring journalists to get a taste of the field.

N3ConU is a program created to provide tomorrow’s journalists with the tools and mentoring to get ahead after graduation.

N3ConU is both for students based in Hong Kong and those coming from overseas. This year, we are welcoming student groups from Canada and China to experience our first N3ConU.

Digital Journalism Award

Sponsored by Google News Lab

The AAJA-Asia Digital Journalism Student Award 2018 aims to provide a platform for prospective journalists to put “new ways of storytelling” into practice with a mixture of digital technology to tell stories that matter in the region. Learn more.

N3ConU Orientation

Friday May 25 @ 10:00 am

First time at N3Con? Don’t know anyone? Have no fear. N3ConU Orientation invites all students for an icebreaker, programming highlights, lessons on effective networking and other tips on how to get the most out of N3Con.

N3ConU Kicks Off With Pizza

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. Learn more.

For Students


N3Con offers students the unique opportunity to network and learn from the leading journalists from all over Asia. Connect with a professional for resume evaluations and job advice. 

Both programs are open to students and journalists of all levels. Mentors can apply here.

Resume Doctor

N3ConU offers a speed-mentoring session to offer both students and young journalists quick tips on how to best present themselves on their resume, reel and website. Veteran journalists and media professionals look over the mentees’ materials on-site and advise them on how to target the next step in their career.

Applications for Resume Doctor are open until slots are filled. Apply here.

N3ConU Mentor Match

AAJA-Asia seeks to take mentoring to the next step with the creation of N3ConU Mentor Match, a year-long specialized mentoring program designed to give mentors and mentees a more comprehensive experience.

Mentees apply for the program in March, with the opportunity to meet in person at N3Con. The pairs may keep in touch remotely, with updates by email, phone or video chat at least every quarter.

It is the localized version of AAJA National’s Mentor Match, which is revamped this year.

Application for N3ConU Mentor Match 2018 are now closed. Learn about the Class of 2018 and meet the mentors.

Newsroom Tours

Hong Kong is the Asian hub for many top international media organizations. In conjunction with N3Con, AAJA-Asia brings together an unprecedented lineup of news editors and journalists to show you around their newsrooms and share their editorial directions and policies in a no-holds-barred discussion.

Tour three leading newsrooms on Thursday, May 24, before spending two days at N3Con, where students will hear leading journalists and editors from around the region reflect and offer thought-provoking views and insights on how they are #RethinkingNews.

Kickstart your tour day with a visit to an independent Hong Kong media startup that aims to provide a platform that is immune to commercial and political pressures. Then chat over lunch with a veteran editor about the tricky tightrope editors here face when reporting on local and Mainland issues. After lunch, head to a final newsroom for a rare glimpse into how they produce the news for their target audiences.

Whether you are a local student from Hong Kong or the Chinese mainland, or a foreign student attending N3Con for the first time, you’ll be surprised by just how much goes into the production of the daily news and marvel at the various editorial innovations spearheaded by these newsrooms!

Buy your N3Con student ticket to get news on how to sign up.

Awards & Fellowships

Google Digital Journalism Award

Google 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. Learn more.

Columbia Journalism School Student Fellowship

AAJA-Asia is partnering with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism to provide fellowships to three AAJA student members to be able to attend the 2018 N3Con: New.Now.Next. Media Conference in Hong Kong, May 24-27, 2018. Each winner will be awarded $750. Learn more.


An important part of understanding Hong Kong, often dubbed the New York City of Asia, is learning about its vibrant underbelly. With many students visiting Hong Kong for the first time, local AAJA-Asia student members are designing food and sightseeing activities that will help you get the fullest experience in this bustling metropolis.

There will be plenty of opportunities to mingle with journalists, students and veteran media professionals through networking parties, student-only socials, and at the conference sidelines. You’ll also have an opportunity to tour the University of Hong Kong and learn about the degree programs at its renowned Journalism and Media Studies Centre.

All N3Con student ticket holders will get news about N3ConU socials happening May 24-27.

Get Involved

N3Con needs tour leaders, on-site volunteers, social media gurus, designers and more. Volunteers get free tickets to N3Con. Sign up now or contact us if you have questions.

Student Prices

AAJA members get steep discounts, plus perks. Early bird prices end March 31. Sign up now!

For Organizers

Overseas Tours

AAJA-Asia’s key principles include establishing a strong foundation for the next generation of journalists. N3Con offers diverse benefits for students and young journalists from mentorship with veterans to opportunities to meet recruiters.

With universities now seeking opportunities to offer global learning journeys to their students, AAJA-Asia is launching N3ConU to offer a specialized experience for students visiting Hong Kong. On top of attending the leading East-meets-West media conference in Asia, our key offerings for students include newsroom tours, mentoring, networking with leading journalists and other young journalists from Hong Kong and greater Asia.

By inviting universities abroad, we hope to build bridges across borders, foster young journalists to cover Asia with a broader perspective, and inspire them to push their career possibilities.

As many students are visiting Hong Kong for the first time, we will run tours to leading newsrooms, offer direct access to top editors, provide guidance on field reporting trips, arrange specialized workshops, provide mentoring with veteran members and recommend other great experiences to take advantage of this bustling Asian media hub. We can tailor an experience of 3-10 days based on your budget to fit your students’ needs.

Beyond Hong Kong, we can also work with you to bring students to other key cities such as Seoul, Tokyo or Singapore, where we have broad membership bases.

All proceeds get cycled back into AAJA-Asia’s career-building offerings, such as fellowships and workshop stipends.

N3ConU Options for Visiting Students

  • Entry to N3Con
  • Specialized workshops
  • Newsroom tours at leading global and local media organizations in Hong Kong
  • Resume Doctor speed mentoring
  • Mentor Match long-term mentoring
  • Vibrant experiential tours of Hong Kong
  • Extended tours to Seoul, Tokyo or Singapore
  • Logistics support

Contact Us

Interested in offering your students the N3ConU experience? Contact us directly:

Oanh Ha, AAJA-Asia President: koanh.ha@gmail.com

Joon-nie Lau, Newsroom Tour Coordinator: joonlau@gmail.com

Elaine Ramirez, N3ConU Coordinator: elaineramirez@gmail.com

Download a PDF brochure for N3Con 2018