Program

Agenda

All times are in Hong Kong Time (GMT+8).
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  • Day 1

    Fri, Aug 28

  • Day 2

    Sat, Aug 29

  • Workshops & N3ConU

    Sun, Aug 30

  • ㅣNewsroom Talks

    Thurs, Aug 27

  • The U.S. and China are locked in a struggle for global power and influence in what some are calling a new Cold War. From the ongoing trade war to the South China Sea to the expulsion of reporters, the power struggle between the world's two largest economies is being felt throughout Asia. We'll discuss the ripple effects this is having in Asia, and how top journalists are covering it.
    #Plenary

  • Learn the best practices for creating, distributing and monetizing video content on Facebook. The session will present tips and tricks for creating impactful videos and increasing your reach and visibility and introduce Facebook's latest monetization opportunities for news content creators. Chiman Ng, Facebook's strategic partner manager - news partnerships, trains and implements the strategic vision for the biggest news organization in the Greater China region. She started her career at Asia Television Hong Kong, and later moved Television Broadcasts Limited and Hong Kong i-Cable News Limited as a news anchor and China correspondent.
    #Skills

  • Join K. Oanh Ha, president of the Asian American Journalists Association's Asia chapter, to celebrate the kickoff of the 10th year of N3Con.
    General

  • Maria Ressa, co-founder, executive editor and CEO of Rappler -- a popular digital news site that is leading the fight for press freedom in the Philippines -- will be in conversation with Keith Richburg about the state of media freedom in Asia and the world in this keynote session. Ressa will address the increasing challenges journalism faces today in a digital world dominated by a few large tech companies and weaponized by powerful players that aim to manipulate the public opinion and silent dissenting voices. Ressa, a veteran journalist with more than 35 years of reporting experience in Asia, has endured constant political harassment and arrests by the Duterte government. For her courage and work on disinformation and “fake news”, Maria was named Time Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year, was among its 100 Most Influential People of 2019, and has also been named one of Times’ Most Influential Women of the Century. Richburg is the director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong. He is a journalist and former China correspondent who spent more than 30 years overseas for The Washington Post, serving as bureau chief in Paris, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Nairobi, and Manila.
    General

  • The year 2020 redefined newsrooms and news reporting around the world. The coronavirus pandemic upended the news business and fundamentally changed how we gather and deliver the news. New outlets in Asia are also contending with press restrictions and risks brought about by Hong Kong's new security law. Top news executives share how their newsrooms are planning for the future and the changes ahead for Asia's media.
    #Plenary

  • From the yellow vests movement in France to pro-democracy rallies in Hong Kong to demonstrations against racial injustice in the US, journalists around the world are facing huge challenges in covering new forms of protest. They're covering movements without clear leaders that are live-streamed 24/7, organized almost entirely online and which may turn violent in seconds. In this session, editors and reporters will share personal stories of adapting to this brave new world of conflict coverage.
    #Plenary

  • This session will present a fast-paced overview of the most up-to-date issues and practices in online verification, based on a decade of experience and expertise built up from working with media and international organisations. It will also look at the free Google tools, and the best alternatives, used by fact-checkers worldwide to check stories and debunk hoaxes.
    Workshop
    Where
    (HK Time)

  • The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated media transformation and forced journalists and news organizations to be even more creative. Learn from Asia media startups and digital news organizations how they're creating content that's innovative and informative, with limited resources, and still be able to keep their businesses running.
    #Skills

  • Join us for a fun filled evening of icebreakers, digital pictionary, and hearty laughs all supplied by Hong Kong's very own comedian Ryan Hynek.
    Networking

  • A Hawaii-born Japanese American, Sakura will share her story of overcoming adversity and discrimination as an outsider in the US as an Asian athlete and as an American in Japan. Isn't fighting the perception of being an outsider what most of us are facing and struggling with on a daily basis? In journalism, in sports and in business, we have to do more and better to prove ourselves because of color of our skin, accents or origins. Sakura has come a long way and continues to fight against discrimination and reverse discrimination on her path to Olympic glory. A self taught Karate master who's training now without a coach, Sakura still managed to win the gold medal in the women's individual kata event at the 2019 Pan American Games. This is a unique story of overachievement and resilience.
    #Plenary

  • Winning isn’t everything – it’s the only thing! This panel will draw insights from traditional sports editors and a new breed of reporters covering esports, which has evolved from a hobby to an lucrative industry with millions of global fans. Panelists including major esports developers and industry players will share how mainstream sports and esports converge to give rise to a new way of competing.
    #Plenary

  • Driven by fear and anxiety, a pandemic and social crises will quickly evolve into an infodemic of misinformation. Conspiracies, false claims and scams are as contagious as the virus itself. At a time when media literacy becomes a survival skill, how can journalists maintain the public well informed with trustworthy content? Are "fake news" laws helping out or further threatening independent journalism and people's legitimate right to know?
    #Plenary

  • Some of the hottest beats in newsrooms these days are climate change and environmental reporting. Find out why newsrooms are investing in climate change reporting and the innovative storytelling that's bringing in readers - what are the hottest environmental stories that need to be told, and how to engage audiences with narratives that will shape our collective future.
    #Beat

  • Do our newsrooms reflect the diversity in gender, race and class of the communities we live in and cover? Newsrooms in Asia and across the world are taking concrete steps to diversify and explore gender and race equality in their reporting. Newsroom leaders share some of the best and innovative practices and how this is leading to better stories.
    Careers

  • a.k.a. I want to work in media but I can't write
    Careers
    Networking

  • Across Asia, press freedom is under attack. How are newrooms and reporters facing the challenge head-on, despite shuttered printing presses and studios. Lessons on how news outlets are fulfilling their mission to inform the public and hold governments and those in power accountable, despite censorship and a global pandemic. We look at the future of journalism in the battle lines of Asia's new media landscape.
    #Plenary

  • Join us for a fun filled evening of karoke and hearty laughs all supplied by Hong Kong's every own comedian Vivek Mahbubani. In 2015, he was handpicked as one of the comedians to represent Asia’s best in Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s inaugural “Comedy Zone Asia” shows.

  • The world is a dangerous place. Even more so if you're a journalist. So how do you keep yourself, your colleagues and your interviewees safe while doing your job? The proper mindset and thorough planning can make a big difference between getting the story and becoming the story. This seminar will provide an overview on developing your own situational awareness and risk assessment skills and help you to understand the degree of danger posed by a broad range of people, weapons and scenarios you may encounter on the job, as well as lifesaving first aid and evacuation protocols to use in the field. Longtime conflict reporter Kevin Sites knows something about that. He's spent half of his 30+ year career covering war, civil unrest and natural disaster for some of the biggest names in news, including: NBC, ABC, CNN and Yahoo. In that time he's witnessed the injuries and deaths suffered by numerous colleagues. He himself survived capture by hostile militia while working in Iraq. He's also a California-licensed Emergency Medical Technician (B) and former Red Cross First Aid, CPR and Water Safety Instructor.
    Workshop
    Where
    (HK Time)

  • An informal chat with young journalists who graduated in recent years and successfully entered the workforce as reporters. Speakers will share insights about maximizing opportunities in school, getting internships, building one’s portfolio and working life post-graduation.

  • This interactive training session will give practical guidance about how to manage your online profile as a journalist and how to work more efficiently and safely online. Participants are encouraged to ask questions throughout the session! IWMF’s trainer will curate the training on the basis of a pre-event survey that will be sent to all registered participants.
    Workshop

  • Launched in 2013, Newspicks aggregates global content on business and tech for its Japanese audience. Since 2018, it has generated its own content through meshing the skills and contributions of journalists, designers and engineers. User comments are a key part of its journalism and one of the main triggers for subscriptions. Newspicks has more than 4 million subscribers who have downloaded the app and can access and comment on curated content for free, supported by advertising, while 110,000 subscribers pay for a more exclusive experience. In this exclusive chat, Naoyoshi Goto, co-founding editor of Newspicks, will explain the newsroom's unique philosophy and how they constantly develop new formats – including video streaming, graphic storytelling and weekly in-house talk shows – in order to keep their millenials audience engaged.
    Newsroom Tour
    Where
    Tokyo

  • Hong Kong-based newspaper South China Morning Post is an English-language media platform that serves more than 50 million monthly readers, a mostly international audience. The company owned by Chinese tech giant Alibaba has announced its new digital subscription service beginning in August. In this exclusive chat with The Post’s Managing Editor Brian Rhoads, you will be able to ask questions about how the newsroom continues its commitment to cover Hong Kong and China, while facing challenges such as the city’s political turmoil, the newly promulgated national security law and Covid-19 pandemic."

  • Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what's going on in the world and to share and express what matters to them. Naturally, Facebook nurtures a symbiotic relationship with news media. It is one of the world's most popular platform for people to discover news content. Launched in 2017, The Facebook Journalism Project works with publishers around the world to strengthen the connection between journalists and the communities they serve. It also helps address the news industry's core business challenges. In this session, Anjali Kapoor and Chiman Ng will present some of the latest programs and tools Facebook has developed to serve the news publishing community better. As former journalists and news executives, they will also share their career paths and explain the professional opportunities that Facebook has for talented journalists.

  • The Ken is a pan-Asian, digital, subscription-driven publication headquartered in Bangalore, India. Founded by a team of experienced journalists and entrepreneurs, it pioneered subscribers-only online business journalism. It grasped early that paywalls require their own continuing innovation. Aiming at the highest possible level of editorial excellence, it releases only one reported story a day. In March 2020, the Ken launched a Southeast Asia-focused site and newsletter, with a team of five reporters across the region. In this session, Jon Russell, SEA Editor for the Ken, based in Bangkok, will explain its publication unique approach to paywall and quality journalism and its expansion plans in South East Asia and beyond.

  • Bloomberg News is an international news agency with more than 2,600 journalists in bureaus around the world. Content produced by Bloomberg News is disseminated through Bloomberg Terminals, Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Markets, Bloomberg.com and Bloomberg's mobile platforms. In this session, Young-Sam Cho, Hong Kong Bureau Chief, will explain how the vibrant Bloomberg newsroom operates and collaborates with colleagues in Asia and beyond. He'll also speak about why diversity in the newsroom matters, as well as the hottest beats across Bloomberg. Participants are encouraged to ask questions on newsgathering to career opportunities at Bloomberg for journalists at all experience levels.
    Where
    (HK Time)

  • The News Lens is an independent Mandarin and English bilingual digital news outlet with offices in Taipei and Hong Kong. Founded in 2013, the news start-up is geared towards bringing a fresh perceptive on key issues occurring in the Greater China region. A rare breed in a shrinking Asian media landscape, the News Lens acquired two media start-ups in 2018 and has expanded its verticals to include sports and lifestyle. Almost 70% of its revenue comes from advertising with the rest stemming from events and content licensing. Join us for this chat with co-founder Joey Chung as we discuss the future of independent media in Asia. What does he see as Taiwan’s role in maintaining a free press? And what are the key strategies and advice he see as essential to budding newsroom and media entrepreneurs?
    Newsroom Tour
    Where
    Taiwan

  • At this session, N3Con 2020 participants will have the opportunity to speak informally with Google's News Lab Head for Asia Pacific, Irene Jay Liu. A former reporter on the global enterprise team at Thomson Reuters (for which she was a 2017 Pulitzer finalist in the national reporting category), Irene will be able to explain the deep connections between Google and the news publishing industry. She will answer all the questions you may have about the latest tech innovations and programs that Google has launched for supporting journalism in Asia, and about what it is like to work at Google and what the career opportunities the tech company holds for journalists.
    Newsroom Tour
    Where
    Singapore

Speakers and Moderators

N3Con invites leaders from across Asia to speak and moderate panels and workshops.
Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa

Co-founder, executive editor and CEO, Rappler
Lorraine Hahn

Lorraine Hahn

Business Journalist, Former Anchor of CNN's Biz Asia
Ging Reyes

Ging Reyes

Head of Integrated News Division, ABS-CBN
Tracy Alloway

Tracy Alloway

Asia News Desk Executive Editor, Bloomberg
Laurel Chor

Laurel Chor

Freelance Producer and Photographer

Sakura Kokumai

Sakura Kokumai

Karate champion and Olympic qualifier, USA Karate National Team
Tiffanie Leung

Tiffanie Leung

Reporter, Stand News, Hong Kong
Ramy Inocencio

Ramy Inocencio

Asia Correspondent, CBS News
Vivek Mahbubani

Vivek Mahbubani

Comedian
Sonny Swe

Sonny Swe

Co-founder and CEO, Frontier Myanmar

Rebecca Isjwara

Rebecca Isjwara

Reporter, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Shibani Mahtani

Shibani Mahtani

Southeast Asia and Hong Kong Bureau Chief, Washington Post
Teressa Siu

Teressa Siu

TV Host, Intl Wellness Speaker, Mental Health Educator, Lifestyle Consultant
Grace Moon

Grace Moon

Copy Editor, Korea JoongAng Daily
Jeremiah Foo

Jeremiah Foo

Filmmaker

Ryan Hynek

Ryan Hynek

Comedian
Natalie Koh

Natalie Koh

News Editor, SCMP
Jodi Schneider

Jodi Schneider

Senior International Editor, Bloomberg, Hong Kong
Janet Paskin

Janet Paskin

Senior Enterprise Editor, Bloomberg
Brian Rhoads

Brian Rhoads

Managing Editor, The South China Morning Post

Eric Wishart

Eric Wishart

Special projects editor, AFP
Stephen Wade

Stephen Wade

Journalist, Associated Press
Adrienne Carter

Adrienne Carter

Asia Editor, the New York Times
P N Balji

P N Balji

Author, Former Chief Editor of TODAY
Chloe Lim

Chloe Lim

Student Representative, AAJA-Asia

Yoohee Hong

Yoohee Hong

Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, NewsPicks
Tamala Chirwa

Tamala Chirwa

Director of Africa, Women in News
Josh Chin

Josh Chin

Deputy China Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal
Gavin Huang

Gavin Huang

Editor, Goldthread
Carlos Tejada

Carlos Tejada

Deputy Asia Editor, New York Times

Olivia Qi Zhang 张琪

Olivia Qi Zhang 张琪

Chief U.S. Correspondent for Caixin Media
Grace Lee

Grace Lee

Tokyo correspondent, Feature Story news
Zhaoyin Feng

Zhaoyin Feng

Correspondent, BBC World Service, Washington DC
Joe Pan

Joe Pan

Head of Forkast Studio
Kevin Krolicki

Kevin Krolicki

Asia News Editor, Reuters

Naoyoshi Goto

Naoyoshi Goto

Deputy Chief Editor (San Francisco Bureau Chief), Newspicks
Young-Sam Cho

Young-Sam Cho

Bureau Chief, Bloomberg (Hong Kong)
Kari Soo Lindberg

Kari Soo Lindberg

Reporter, Bloomberg
Vinod K. Jose

Vinod K. Jose

Executive Editor, The Caravan magazine (India)
Crystal Chow

Crystal Chow

freelance journalist and feature writer

Chris Tran

Chris Tran

Head Of Esports - Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Riot Games
Bryan Huang

Bryan Huang

Lead Producer, Yahoo eSports SEA
Noel Prentice

Noel Prentice

Sports Editor of SCMP
Aya Lowe

Aya Lowe

Strategic Partner Development, APAC, Facebook
Jon Russell

Jon Russell

Southeast Asia editor, The Ken

Chan Long Shing, Ronson

Chan Long Shing, Ronson

Senior reporter, The Stand News
Imelda Abano

Imelda Abano

Content Coordinator, Internews Earth Journalism Network
Audrey Tan

Audrey Tan

Science and Environment Correspondent, The Straits Times
Joydeep Gupta

Joydeep Gupta

South Asia Director, The Third pole
Kirsten Han

Kirsten Han

Independent journalist

Cheng Ka Yue

Cheng Ka Yue

Executive editor, Factcheck Lab
Rachel Blundy

Rachel Blundy

Fact checking editor, AFP
Oranuch Lerdsuwankij

Oranuch Lerdsuwankij

Co-Founder & CEO, Techsauce Global
Emmanuel Sérot

Emmanuel Sérot

Security on the Field & Safety Advisor, AFP Global
Angie Lau

Angie Lau

Forkast.News

Stanton Sharpe

Stanton Sharpe

Freelance Photographer
Gilles Demptos

Gilles Demptos

Director for Asia Pacific, AAJA
Kevin Sites

Kevin Sites

Associate Professor of Practice, Journalism & Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong
Cedric Alviani

Cedric Alviani

East-Asia Bureau Director, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Zela Chin

Zela Chin

Principal Reporter/Producer, TVB

Yuri Nagano

Yuri Nagano

Editor, Bloomberg Industry Group
Adrienne Mong

Adrienne Mong

Vice President of International Newsgathering, NBC News
Mike Raomanachai

Mike Raomanachai

Media Consultant, Da Mike & Co.
Joey Chung

Joey Chung

CEO/Co-Founder, The News Lens
Tom Grundy

Tom Grundy

Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder, Hong Kong Free Press

Chiman Ng

Chiman Ng

News Partnerships Lead, Greater China Region, Facebook
Anjali Kapoor

Anjali Kapoor

Director of News Partnerships for APAC, Facebook
Keith Richburg

Keith Richburg

Director and Professor of Practice, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, HKU
K. Oanh Ha

K. Oanh Ha

AAJA-Asia President
Eoghan Sweeney

Eoghan Sweeney

Consultant and Trainer

Joon-Nie Lau

Joon-Nie Lau

Director, Asia, WAN-IFRA APAC
Ken Moritsugu

Ken Moritsugu

Greater China News Director, The Associated Press
Irene Jay Liu

Irene Jay Liu

News Lab Lead, Asia-Pacific, Google
Joanna Chiu

Joanna Chiu

Reporter, Toronto Star
Tom Benner

Tom Benner

Freelance Journalist

Sheryl Lee

Sheryl Lee

Immediate Past Student Representative, AAJA-Asia
Ela Stapley

Ela Stapley

Digital Security Consultant. IWMF
N3Con

N3Con

Jeanhee Kim

Jeanhee Kim

Editor and Writer, Freelance