New. Now. Next

#N3Con is Covering Asia's New Order

The world order is being upended, and nowhere is that truer than in Asia. Economies are being reshaped by the rise of China. Scientists are birthing gene-edited humans. Strongmen are rising, alliances are shifting—and the press is fighting for its independence.

The New. Now. Next Media Conference, known as N3Con, is hosted by the Asia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. It features lively discussions 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 2019 will be held in Hong Kong from May 30–June 2. Under the theme Covering Asia’s New Order, N3Con recognizes that the future of media is Asia. When we meet, it will be the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests, a watershed moment for the region that reverberates today. From this vantage point, we’ll look both to the past and into the future to see how we can better inform readers today.

With in-depth panels, workshops and lightning talks that hone in on the current Asian news environment, N3Con 2019 aims to prepare the next generation of journalists with a solid foundation to tell the world the story of Asia’s new order.

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 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.

To sign up, click here! For any questions, please 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.

All awards are now accepting applications!

AAJA N3 Fellowship Awards

We are offering SIX $350 fellowships to any Asia chapter member in the region to attend the 9th annual N3 New.Now.Next Media Conference and ONE $500 stipend for a US-based AAJA member flying to Asia to attend. Asia chapter members in emerging market countries are especially encouraged to apply. This is part of AAJA-Asia’s support for members intended to help defray travel and lodging costs. Basic N3 conference registration is also included.

Applicants must be current AAJA members. To join AAJA or renew your membership, please click here.

CLICK HERE to apply.

UPDATE: The deadline to apply has been extended to April 10, 2019.

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. Students need not be AAJA members to apply, but will be required to join if they are selected in order to receive the grant.

CLICK HERE to apply.

UPDATE: The deadline to apply has been extended to April 10, 2019. Email Kari Soo Lindberg at n3confellowship@gmail.com with questions.

Student Digital Journalism Award, Sponsored by Google News Initiative

Once again, AAJA–Asia is partnering with Google News Initiative recognize exemplary student-made digital journalism. This year, we are awarding prizes to TWO projects. Each winner (or winning team) gets US$1,000, free conference tickets and more.

The AAJA-Asia Digital Journalism Student Award 2019, sponsored by Google News Initiative, provides a platform for prospective journalists to put “new ways of storytelling” into practice by utilizing digital technology to tell stories that matter in the region. Undergraduate students of all disciplines are encouraged to exercise their creativity and showcase their talent in online media.

AAJA-Asia is looking for the most creative work that tells continuing stories and issues of how our society evolves in the physical and digital world.

CLICK HERE to find out more and apply.

Contact Us

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