N3Con 2018 will host two full days of panels Friday and Saturday, May 25-26, followed by intensive workshops Sunday.
#RethinkingNews: News Leaders Plenary
Media organizations are changing at lightning speed, and the ones leading the pack are leveraging technology and social media to find new audiences and revenue streams. Newsrooms are seeking to adopt automation and AI, while striving for the right balance between delivering stories that get clicks and those that edify and inform. For the opening plenary of N3Con 2018, the region’s top news executives discuss how they are building the newsrooms of the future.
#RethinkingPoliticalCoverage: Dealing with Government Pressure
It is an increasingly uphill battle for political journalists. In recent press freedom indexes, Asia is plummeting in every category. Yet it’s also a golden age for in-depth reporting, given the vast pool of stories out there. Our panelists come from challenging media environments across Asia, but have found coping strategies to unearth stories and thrive. Panel speakers from the U.S., the Philippines, China and Malaysia will discuss the challenges and opportunities they face covering government and politics.
#RethinkingNewsConsumers: Reaching Asian Millennials
Millennials in Asia make up one of the world’s fastest-growing consumer segments, but few outlets have cracked the code for producing stories that matter to them. Leading news organizations and content creators share their strategies on how to engage this hard-to-please audience and keep them loyal.
#StorySlam: Your Journey Behind The Scenes
N3Con is launching #StorySlam, an opportunity to take the stage to share an impactful story about their journey in journalism. Five finalists will present their stories during the Gala Awards night to compete for the US$500 prize! Watch our website for the open call for story pitches.
N3Con invites leaders from across Asia to speak and moderate panels and workshops. Previous speakers include: Ellana Lee, Senior Vice President at CNN International; Ted Anthony, News Director of Associated Press; Paul Cheung, Director of Visual Journalism at NBC News Digital; and Yun-Hee Kim, Senior Editor at The Wall Street Journal.
Some highlights of the conference for early- and mid-career journalists are the variety of events tailored to help them achieve their goals.
The one-on-one N3ConU Mentor Match and Resume Doctor link veterans with early and mid-career journalists. Both programs are open to students and journalists of all levels.
Meanwhile, the intensive Executive Leadership Program helps mid-career professionals think critically about how to build soft power skills and climb the ladder in the workplace.
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.
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.
Leadership Workshop, Hosted By Bloomberg And Ron Brown
Trainers from Bloomberg and leadership coach Dr. Ron Brown will lead this interactive workshop designed to help you adopt a leadership mindset. Learn how to articulate your value, develop strategic thinking and influence others.
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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.
N3Con marks its opening night with a VIP reception, inviting chief editors and leaders from across the industry.
At the close of the event, the awards gala is filled with food and festivities, a silent auction, and a special keynote speaker. Previous speakers have included North Korean author Hyeonseo Lee, award-winning Korean-American author Krys Lee and Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong.
The weekend will be dotted with special events for visiting attendees, such as newsroom visits, food tours and other activities.