Program

Agenda

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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.

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  • May 24

    Newsroom tours

  • May 25

    N3Con Day 1

  • May 26

    N3Con Day 2

  • May 27

    Advanced workshops

  • 09:00 - 17:00
    This tour designed for media professionals brings you behind the closed doors of world-leading news organizations. Get a rare glimpse into how they put out the news day by day, hour by hour, on news cycles that are getting impossibly shorter and shorter. Find out what drives their coverage and unravel the mysteries of how editorial decisions are made. This is your chance to ask top editors and journalists the questions you’ve always wanted to ask! TOUR A IS SOLD OUT. SIGNUP DEADLINE IS MAY 23 @ 5PM HKT. https://www.n3con.com/2018/2018/05/10/tour-hong-kongs-leading-newsrooms-at-n3con/
    Preregister

  • 09:00 - 17:00
    Designed especially for students - and welcome to all media professionals - the tour day kickstarts with a visit to an independent Hong Kong media startup that aims to provide a platform 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 north to either an English- or Chinese-language publication 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 daily news and marvel at the various editorial innovations spearheaded by these newsrooms. SOLD OUT. DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR TOUR B IS MAY 23 @ 5PM HKT. https://www.n3con.com/2018/2018/05/10/tour-hong-kongs-leading-newsrooms-at-n3con/
    N3ConU
    Preregister

  • 09:00 - 17:00
    Become a Google News Lab trainer! Applications are now opened for the Google News Lab Training Network workshop in Hong Kong, in conjunction with the eighth annual New. Now. Next conference by the Asian American Journalists Association Asia Chapter. The full-day workshop will equip you to use Google tools more effectively to research stories, track sources and break news. You will become a Google News Lab-certified trainer, able to conduct similar training workshops for your newsrooms. You will also have the opportunity, under the direction of AAJA-Asia and Google News Lab, to conduct workshops in your home country, and receive a stipend each time you do it! REGISTRATION CLOSED
    Preregister
    Workshop
    Where
    Google

  • 17:30 - 19:30
    Are you in Hong Kong a day early? Kickstart the party by networking with journalists, VIPs and N3Con supporters. Google, a longtime sponsor of AAJA-Asia, hosts an evening of food, drinks and unending chat about journalism. Share your newfound insights from the Newsroom Tour and Google News Lab with people from your favorite industry. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.
    Networking
    Preregister

  • 08:00 - 12:50
    General
    Where
    Meng Wah Complex Quad, HKU

  • 08:30 - 12:30
    Investigative stories are becoming increasingly cross-border, and Asia is fertile ground for deep dives. Dealing with a lack of public records and facing authoritarian governments in countries across our region, we must #rethink how we approach investigative reporting. Data is a crucial element in investigative journalism, but accessing and processing data particularly in developing countries remains a challenge. This workshop will delve into available public records, teach how to access them and share best practices in working with sources while protecting them amid risky environments. NO PRE-REGISTRATION. Bring your laptop!
    #Skills
    Workshop
    Where
    Meng Wah T2, HKU

  • 09:00 - 09:50
    N3ConU Mentor Match is a new program that takes mentoring to the next level, providing a year-long program for pairs to foster a deeper, more holistic mentoring relationship. Mentors and mentees, who are paired by location, medium, experience level and other factors, have the opportunity to meet at N3Con. With career coaches Dominica Lim and Ron Brown, program participants will workshop what they want out of the experience and how to get it. REGISTRATION CLOSED. Interested in participating next year? Email aajaasia@gmail.com. Walmart is a proud sponsor of N3ConU Mentor Match and Resume Doctor.
    Mentoring
    N3ConU
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    Workshop
    Where
    Meng Wah T1, HKU

  • 10:00 - 12:30
    In 15-minute speed-consulting rounds, mentors will review mentees’ resumes and other materials such as website or reel and help them understand how to target their next career goal. Drop-ins accepted if spots remain. Bring your resume. | REGISTRATION OPEN: https://www.n3con.com/2018/2018/04/06/resume-doctor-application | Walmart is a proud sponsor of N3ConU Mentor Match and Resume Doctor.
    Mentoring
    N3ConU
    Preregister
    Where
    Shum Reading Room, HKU

  • 10:00 - 12:30
    Participants of the new N3ConU Mentor Match will have the opportunity to meet individually and discuss their mentoring goals. REGISTRATION CLOSED. Interested in participating next year? Email aajaasia@gmail.com. Walmart is a proud sponsor of N3ConU Mentor Match and Resume Doctor.
    Mentoring
    N3ConU
    Preregister
    Where
    TBD

  • 10:00 - 11:00
    First time to N3Con? Don't know anyone? Have no fear. N3ConU launches this year to fuse programming, tours, socials and mentoring for the ultimate student experience. All undergraduate and graduate students - and any first-time participants - are invited to an interactive icebreaker orientation that highlights key programming, networking tips and practice, and other advice on how to get the most out of N3Con.
    N3ConU
    Networking
    Preregister
    Where
    Meng Wah T1, HKU

  • 11:00 - 12:45
    Early lunch will be provided before the documentary screening.
    General
    Where
    Meng Wah Complex Quad, HKU

  • 11:30 - 13:00
    “Curiosity, Adventure & Love” is the debut film of Manila-based journalist Sunshine De Leon, depicting the personal story of the director’s 105-year-old American grandmother, who came to the Philippines alone at the age of 18, juxtaposed with the history of the Philippines and its relationship with the U.S. By navigating the unique story and insights from the American woman who was at the epicenter of events that shaped the 20th-century Philippines, De Leon hopes to inspire audiences to live life with a greater curiosity and more sense of adventure. De Leon has written for international media including the Guardian, Forbes Asia and the Los Angeles Times and has served as a local producer for foreign documentary teams from BBC Radio, the U.S.’ Public Broadcasting Station and others. Join a rare screening for the award-winning documentary that touches on many themes shared by the AAJA community, followed by a conversation with the director on the opportunities and challenges facing documentary journalists. Moderator: Yuri Nagano
    General
    Where
    Meng Wah T1, HKU

  • 12:45 - 13:00
    Meet the new president of the Asian American Journalists Association's Asia chapter who will announce the official start of the N3Con.
    General
    Where
    Meng Wah T2, HKU

  • 13:00 - 14:00
    AAJA-Asia welcomes technology leader Gary Liu, CEO of the South China Morning Post, for an intimate fireside chat at N3Con to discuss SCMP’s role in today’s rapidly changing digital media environment. The innovator formerly at Digg and Spotify will share insights on transforming a legacy newspaper company into a global digital leader. Moderator: Angie Lau
    General
    Where
    Meng Wah T2, HKU

  • 14:00 - 14:10
    General

  • 14:10 - 15:10
    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. Moderator: Oanh Ha
    #Plenary
    Where
    Meng Wah T2, HKU

  • 15:10 - 15:30

  • 15:30 - 16:30
    As traditional ad revenues shrink and media giants set up brand studios and content marketing labs, the race is on to invent new story formats and genres that will attract not only readers, but sponsors. At the same time, responsible news publishers must create paid content ethically and tastefully, without diminishing their credibility. Leading news publishers will discuss their successes, challenges, and policies to ensure that writers and sponsors do not cross the line in coming up with content that sells. Moderator: Melisa Idris
    #Skills
    Where
    Meng Wah T2, HKU

  • 15:30 - 16:30
    The revelations of sexual assault and harassment cases and the rise of the #MeToo movement have encouraged thousands of survivors to come forward with their stories. As journalists, we must cover such experiences with sensitivity and empathy, reflect the voices of the silenced, and confront abuses in our own communities. This panel will discuss how to approach victims of traumatic experiences, ways to protect sources as well as ourselves, and how to balance these elements fairly. Moderator: Jihye Lee
    #Beat
    Where
    Meng Wah T1, HKU

  • 15:30 - 16:30
    From negotiating your salary to handling internal politics and finding your dream job, professional career coach Ron Brown can help you navigate the challenges in and outside the workplace. Learn how to take control by learning the language of power and leadership and gain the best strategies to negotiate from a position of strength. This workshop is made possible with the generous support of Cathay Pacific Airlines.
    #Skills
    Workshop
    Where
    Meng Wah T3, HKU

  • 16:30 - 17:00

  • 17:00 - 18:00
    Journalists are increasingly pushed to work across multiple platforms, so finding your Voice - literally and figuratively - is key to helping you future-proof your career in media. Arthur Samuel Joseph, renowned communication strategist and founder of the Vocal Awareness Institute, will guide you on a journey to recognizing and harnessing your authentic Voice. Learn how Vocal Awareness can help you advance your career, improve your relationships, communicate more effectively and authentically, and speak and live with confidence. This workshop is made possible with the generous support of Cathay Pacific Airlines.
    #Skills
    Workshop
    Where
    Meng Wah T1, HKU

  • 17:00 - 18:00
    The historic April summit between the leaders of two Koreas inspired many to #Rethink the war on the Korean Peninsula and the previously little-known North Korean leader. What next? On the heels of the U.S.-South Korea summit and ahead of the possible U.S.-North Korea summit, journalists covering the Koreas will discuss what this all means to the peninsula and the world and how to humanize the stories of the region's last remaining diplomatic challenges. Moderator: Ken Moritsugu
    #Beat
    #Plenary
    Where
    Meng Wah T2, HKU

  • 19:00 - 21:00
    Bloomberg is proud to host the VIP reception at AAJA-Asia’s 8th annual New.Now.Next Media Conference. Come mingle with news leaders, conference speakers, attendees and sponsors. Refreshments and appetizers will be served. RSVP for free when you buy your N3Con tickets.
    Networking
    Preregister
    Where
    Bloomberg L.P. 25/F Cheung Kong Center 2 Queen

  • 08:15 - 09:15
    Whether a veteran broadcaster, beginner, or somewhere in between, this small group session will teach you some broadcast pro tips on breathing techniques, vocal warmups, body language tips, the importance of pitch and pace, how to mark up your script, and how to embody your brand so that the viewer or the listener is compelled to tune in. Arthur has consulted for over five decades with all major news organizations in the United States.
    #Skills
    Workshop
    Where
    Meng Wah T1, HKU

  • 08:30 - 09:30
    Where
    Meng Wah Complex Quad, HKU

  • 08:30 - 09:20
    In speed-consulting rounds, mentors will review mentees’ resumes and other materials such as website or reel and help them understand how to target their next career goal. Drop-ins accepted if spots remain. Bring your resume. | REGISTRATION OPEN: https://www.n3con.com/2018/2018/04/06/resume-doctor-application | Walmart is a proud sponsor of N3ConU Mentor Match and Resume Doctor.
    Mentoring
    N3ConU
    Preregister
    Where
    Shum Reading Room, HKU

  • 08:30 - 09:20
    Participants of the new N3ConU Mentor Match will have the opportunity to meet individually and discuss their mentoring goals. REGISTRATION CLOSED. Interested in participating next year? Email aajaasia@gmail.com. Walmart is a proud sponsor of N3ConU Mentor Match and Resume Doctor.
    Mentoring
    N3ConU
    Preregister
    Where
    TBD

  • 09:30 - 10:30
    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., China and Malaysia will discuss the challenges and opportunities they face covering government and politics. Moderator: Ramy Inocencio
    #Plenary
    Where
    Meng Wah T2, HKU

  • 10:30 - 11:00

  • 11:00 - 12:00
    Foreign correspondents serve foreign news audiences and editors who want engaging, relatable narratives, but this challenges reporters who are still unfamiliar with the territory and local point of view. The panel brings together a foreign correspondent, local reporter and veteran of the trade to examine cultural bias in reporting, discuss the growing number of "foreign" correspondents of Asian ancestry and provide tools you can use to broaden your story's perspective. Moderator: Richard C. Paddock
    #Beat
    Where
    Meng Wah T2, HKU

  • 11:00 - 12:00
    Facebook's shift away from news and publishers to personal updates and communities is forcing newsrooms to review their distributed content strategies. Yusuf Omar of #HashtagOurStories will share how these strategies are changing to accommodate the diverse range of platforms. This workshop will teach how to write the best headlines, posts and snippets for every social network including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Pick up photo and graphic tips that will boost your social content to virality.
    #Skills
    Workshop
    Where
    Meng Wah T1, HKU

  • 12:00 - 13:00
    Where
    Meng Wah Complex Quad, HKU

  • 12:00 - 13:00
    Newsroom leaders and expert coaches will offer advice on how to build a career path to your dream job. This workshop will break out into small groups to discuss work dilemmas and share ways to navigate internal politics, cultivate sponsors and mentors, ask for what you want and learn how to manage your bosses.
    #Skills
    Preregister
    Workshop
    Where
    Meng Wah T2, HKU

  • 12:30 - 13:00
    Get an expert tour of the University of Hong Kong with stories of its rich, sometimes quirky, history. Meet at Meng Wah Complex near the registration tables.
    General
    Where
    Meng Wah Complex, HKU

  • 13:00 - 14:00
    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. Moderator: Carina Lee
    #Plenary
    Where
    Meng Wah T2, HKU

  • 13:00 - 14:00
    Investigative stories are becoming increasingly cross-border, and Asia is fertile ground for deep dives. Dealing with a lack of public records and facing authoritarian governments in countries across our region, we must #rethink how we approach investigative reporting. Data is a crucial element in investigative journalism, but accessing and processing data particularly in developing countries remains a challenge. This workshop is a shorter, condensed version of the four-hour session for those who missed the full version Friday morning. It will delve into available public records, teach how to access them and share best practices in working with sources while protecting them amid risky environments. Bring your laptop!
    Workshop
    Where
    Meng Wah T1, HKU

  • 14:00 - 14:30

  • 14:30 - 15:30
    For fintech, 2017 was the year of cryptocurrencies, defined by Bitcoin once breaching a 20-fold increase. But prices have plummeted in 2018 as South Korea and China are cracking down on the fever, leading to fear, uncertainty and doubt. This panel of industry experts provides insight on the challenges, opportunities and future of cryptocurrencies, blockchain and fintech. Moderator: Zela Chin
    #Beat
    Where
    Meng Wah T1, HKU

  • 14:30 - 15:30
    Not all digital journalism is alike, and news outlets must experiment to determine which formats fit their consumers' demands in an ever-evolving internet landscape. This panel brings together some of Asia's most innovative digital storytellers to share the formats they have used and lessons learned as they push beyond the confines of traditional print and broadcast. Moderator: Isabel Wong
    #Skills
    Where
    Meng Wah T2, HKU

  • 15:30 - 16:00

  • 16:00 - 17:00
    Global headlines may be dominated by ISIS, Al-Qaeda or suicide bombers in places that seem far away, but here in Asia, terrorism in many regions takes on a very human face. Cities great and small may harbor communities sympathetic to terrorism or extremism, and the reasons are often more complicated than we think. Panelists will share how they cover this dangerous and sometimes deadly beat, getting to the source of the conflict and breaking down stereotypes to reveal the reality of terrorism at our doorstep.
    #Beat
    Where
    Meng Wah T2, HKU

  • 16:00 - 17:00
    In 21st-century journalism, traditional newsrooms are giving way to digital, global teams. Newsrooms are hiring less and stringing more, while journalists are choosing to go freelance for independence and flexibility. Branded content opens doors for writers, while opportunities still abound for great enterprise stories of all mediums. Editors and journalists will discuss the risks, hurdles, opportunities and tips to optimize your freelancing career in Asia. Moderator: Elaine Ramirez
    #Skills
    Where
    Meng Wah T1, HKU

  • 17:00 - 17:30
    #Plenary
    General
    Where
    Meng Wah T2, HKU

  • 18:30 - 21:00
    After two days of thought-provoking discussions at N3Con 2018, the conversation continues at the Gala Awards Night and Silent Auction on Saturday, May 26, 6:30pm, at the venerable Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong. During a multi-course dinner, keynote speaker and social media wizard Sree Sreenivasan will share insights taken from his journey from tech journalist to chief digital officer for New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Columbia University. In 2015, Fast Company named him one of the 100 most creative people in business and in 2010, he was named one of the 35 most influential people in social media by the Poynter Institute. He also co-founded the South Asian Journalists Association. Also at the Gala Awards Night, finalists from our very first Story Slam competition will regale guests and judges with their true tales of tragedy, comedy, and drama to compete for US$500 and other prizes in an exciting live event. Finalists receive free entry to the gala. Apply here: https://www.n3con.com/2018/2018/02/13/storyslam-your-story-behind-the-story/ We will be giving thousands of dollars’ worth of awards to the winners of the Columbia Journalism School fellowship, Google Digital Award, leadership fellowships and travel stipends. The dress code is smart casual. Bring your wallet so you can bid on the many silent auction items ranging from hotel stays to coffee bean subscriptions. All proceeds go to AAJA-Asia to help us continue to provide scholarships, fellowships, and fantastic programming throughout the year.
    Networking
    Preregister
    Where
    Foreign Correspondents Club Hong Kong, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central

  • 19:30 - 20:30
    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 a US$500 prize! Apply by May 8: https://www.n3con.com/2018/2018/02/13/storyslam-your-story-behind-the-story/
    Networking
    Preregister
    Where
    Foreign Correspondents Club Hong Kong, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central

  • 09:00 - 17:00
    Social media power maven Sumaiya Omar will help you find your inner MoJo! In this workshop, experience visual storytelling tools for Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook Lives and VR. Harness the power of your cell phone to shoot and video edit. Learn how to set up mobile-first workflows, engage audiences with derivative content strategies and highly shareable formats.
    N3ConU
    Preregister
    Workshop
    Where
    Bloomberg L.P. 25/F, Cheung Kong Centre, 2 Queen

  • 09:00 - 17:00
    This small-group intensive workshop will train participants to develop a leadership mindset and bring out the leader in each of them. Learn how to articulate a clear definition of your value, brand and priorities that will differentiate yourself and build your influence. Through group discussion and excercises, discover the key to influencing others and thinking strategically. Courses will be led by Bloomberg trainers and career coach Ron Brown. Three years of work experience are required. Apply here: https://www.n3con.com/2018/2018/03/29/leadership-workshop-application
    #Skills
    Preregister
    Workshop
    Where
    Bloomberg L.P. 25/F, Cheung Kong Centre, 2 Queen's Road Central, Central

  • 09:30 - 12:30
    In the mid-2000s, podcasting came to life when tech enthusiasts started recording mp3s in their basement. Now, podcasts have hit the mainstream and advertisers are catching on to their value. Ezra Zaid and Jeff Sandhu of Business FM 89.9 in Malaysia host the Podcast Masterclass to offer tips, tricks, and some of the best examples in this creative storytelling medium that the industry has to offer.
    #Skills
    N3ConU
    Preregister
    Workshop
    Where
    Bloomberg L.P. 25/F, Cheung Kong Centre, 2 Queen's Road Central, Central

Speakers and Moderators

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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.

Career Builder

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

Apply here before buying.

Newsroom Tours

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.

Events

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.

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