Program

Agenda

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N3Con 2019 will host two full days of panels Friday and Saturday, May 31–June 1, followed by intensive workshops on Sunday, June 2.

#N3CareerFair: Find Your Next Job!

For the first time at N3Con, we’re hosting a career fair running all day Friday and Saturday morning. Come and meet with media outlets and employers around the region—and bring your resume and clips. Your next job could start here! For more information and to inquire about exhibiting your company in front of AAJA’s community of journalists, CLICK HERE.

#N3StorySlam: Your Journey Behind The Scenes

After an incredibly popular 2018 debut, #StorySlam is returning to N3Con! This is 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.

Data Journalism: Finding The Story in the Data

Data is a crucial element in investigative journalism, but accessing and processing data particularly in developing countries remains a challenge. This series of workshops will introduce fundamental data journalism tools, programs, how to access public records, and best practices for interacting with sources.

Exploring Empathy: Immersive Storytelling for Conflict Reporting

Gain insight into seeing the world through the eyes of those caught in conflict in this unique masterclass. In collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross, explore where the work of journalists and humanitarians can overlap in finding innovative ways to share stories that help capture attention while preserving dignity – and experience virtual reality as an empathy-generating tool.

Plenary session and speaker information is coming soon!

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  • ·Newsroom Tours

    Thurs, May 30

  • Day 1

    Fri, May 31

  • Day 2

    Sat, June 1

  • Workshops

    Sun, June 2

  • 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!
    Preregister

  • 09:00 - 17:00
    Newsroom tour for Ryerson University and Columbia Journalism School Student Fellowship winners.
    N3ConU
    Preregister

  • 17:30 - 19:30
    We're kicking off N3Con 2019 with a welcome reception to network and mingle with journalists, VIPs and N3Con supporters.
    Networking
    Preregister

  • 08:00 - 12:50
    General
    Where
    WGW Lecture Hall, HKU

  • 08:30 - 11:00
    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 an introduction to using basic data journalism tools like spreadsheets and databases to find stories in the data. Bring your laptop! PRE-REGISTRATION and workshop purchase is required when you buy your tickets. An advanced workshop will be presented on Sunday, picking up where this one leaves off. A discounted bundle of both data journalism workshops is also available. Pick the one that fits your skillset, or get a complete crash course by attending both!
    #Skills
    Workshop
    Where
    P5-03, 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. In this introductory session, rogram participants will workshop what they want out of the experience and how to get it. REGISTRATION IS NOW 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
    Workshop
    Where
    WGW Lecture Hall, 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 COMING SOON. Walmart is a proud sponsor of N3ConU Mentor Match and Resume Doctor.
    Mentoring
    N3ConU
    Preregister
    Where
    TBC

  • 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
    TBC

  • 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
    WGW Lecture Hall, HKU

  • 10:30 - 17:30
    For the first time at N3Con, we’re hosting a career fair running all day Friday. Come and meet with media outlets and employers around the region—and bring your resume and clips. Your next job could start here!
    Careers
    Networking
    Where
    Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre, HKU

  • 11:00 - 12:40
    Early lunch will be provided before the opening remarks and keynote.
    General
    Where
    Meng Wah Complex Quad, HKU

  • 12:50 - 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
    WGW Lecture Hall, HKU

  • 14:00 - 14:10
    General

  • 15:30 - 16:00

  • 16:00 - 17:00
    From research to visualization, learn how to use practical tools that can save you time and bring your stories to life. (Part 1 of this session is on Friday, and and Part 2 is Saturday.)
    #Skills
    Workshop
    Where
    P5-03, HKU

  • 16:00 - 17:00
    #Skills
    Where
    WGW Lecture Hall, HKU

  • 17:00 - 17:30

  • 17:30 - 18:30
    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
    Careers
    Workshop
    Where
    P5-03, HKU

  • 17:30 - 18:30
    Startups share new models for journalism, how they decided on their audience, what content they produce, and how they make it work in today's diverse media landscape.
    #Beat
    #Plenary
    Where
    WGW Lecture Hall, 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

  • 08:00 - 09:30
    Where
    Meng Wah Complex Quad, HKU

  • 08:00 - 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
    P5-03, HKU

  • 08:00 - 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
    P5-03, HKU

  • 10:30 - 11:00

  • 11:00 - 12:00
    Moderator: Ramy Inocencio
    #Beat
    Where
    WGW Lecture Hall, HKU

  • 11:00 - 12:00
    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
    TBC

  • 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

  • 14:30 - 15:00

  • 15:00 - 16:00
    #Beat
    #Skills
    Where
    WGW Lecture Hall, HKU

  • 15:00 - 16:00
    From research to visualization, learn how to use practical tools that can save you time and bring your stories to life. (Part 1 of this session is on Friday, and and Part 2 is Saturday.)
    #Skills
    Workshop
    Where
    TBC

  • 16:00 - 16:30

  • 17:30 - 18:00
    #Plenary
    General
    Where
    WGW Lecture Hall, HKU

  • 19:00 - 21:00
    After two days of thought-provoking discussions at N3Con 2019, the conversation continues at the Gala Awards Night and Silent Auction on Saturday, June 1, at 7:00 pm. Also at the Gala Awards Night, finalists from our second 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. Stay tuned for how to submit your stories! We will be giving thousands of dollars’ worth of awards to the winners of the Columbia Journalism School fellowship, Google Digital Award, 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
    TBC

  • 09:00 - 17:00
    Become a Google News Initiative trainer! Applications will open soon for the Google News Initiative Training Network workshop in Hong Kong, in conjunction with the ninth annual N3Con 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 Initiative-certified trainer, able to conduct similar training workshops for your newsrooms. You will also have the opportunity to join the AAJA-Asia Training Program powered by Google News Initiative, which allows you to conduct workshops in your home country—and receive a stipend each time you do it!
    Preregister
    Workshop
    Where
    Google

  • 09:00 - 17:00
    Gain insight into seeing the world through the eyes of those caught in conflict in this unique masterclass. In collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross, explore where the work of journalists and humanitarians can overlap in finding innovative ways to share stories that help capture attention while preserving dignity - and experience virtual reality as an empathy-generating tool. PRE-REGISTRATION and workshop ticket purchase is required (available when buying tickets).
    #Skills
    Preregister
    Workshop
    Where
    TBC

  • 9:00 - 17:00
    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 an advanced session that will pick up where Friday morning's session left off. 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! PRE-REGISTRATION and workshop purchase is required when you buy your tickets. A discounted bundle of both data journalism workshops is also available. Pick the one that fits your skillset, or get a complete crash course by attending both!
    Workshop
    Where
    Meng Wah T1, HKU

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.

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.

Registration is now open!

CLICK HERE to register for a Resume Doctor consultation session with a seasoned AAJA member.

To be a Resume Doctor, please register 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.

Mentor Match applicants are now closed for 2019.

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.

The N3Con Newsroom Tour on Thursday, May 30 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!

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.