REIMAGINING NEWS

The 11th Annual New. Now. Next. Media Conference
August 2 – 7, 2021 online

#ReimaginingNews

AAJA-Asia is proud to host the 11th edition of the New.Now.Next Media Conference (N3Con) August 2-7, 2021 — an all digital event.

Over the past 18 months, the world has changed — and so has journalism. The Covid-19 pandemic has taken the lives of millions. It has toppled governments, torn supply chains asunder and laid bare vast inequities. It has sparked hate targeting Asians around the world. And it has also shown us the strength and resilience of our AAJA community.

Now, as cities begin to reopen and we look to reconnect, we are also challenged to Reimagine News: how we cover post-Covid challenges and upheaval in a world filled with disinformation. At N3Con 2021, we will come together to share our stories, ideas and expertise.

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Dion Lim

Dion Lim

TV news anchor and reporter, ABC7/KGO-TV
Clare Baldwin

Clare Baldwin

Special Correspondent, Reuters News Agency
Kaiser Kuo

Kaiser Kuo

Co-founder and host, Sinica Podcast
Steven Gan

Steven Gan

Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder, Malaysiakini
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong

Owner and Executive Chairman, California Times

Peter Martin

Peter Martin

Defense Policy and Intelligence Reporter, Bloomberg News (Washington)
Bao Choy

Bao Choy

Investigative journalist and video producer
Gina Chua

Gina Chua

Executive Editor, Reuters
Andrew Lehren

Andrew Lehren

Senior Editor, NBC News
Sophia Yan

Sophia Yan

China Correspondent, The Telegraph

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  • It’s been a tough year for press freedom in the region with fake news laws, online harassment, use of libel laws to attack journalists and crippled outlets. How do newsrooms and journalists face the challenges head on?
    #Plenary

  • All along the N3Con 2021 week, AAJA-Asia members will take you for a virtual tour of Asia newsrooms over lunch time. Each session will feature a conversation with a media executive sharing insights about her/his newsroom reporting, processes, career opportunities, challenges... Today we have the privilege to take a peep into AP's Olympics Newsroom in Tokyo.

  • Keynote speech from Gina Chua, Executive Editor, Reuters
    General

  • An exclusive fireside chat with the iconic Asian American figure and owner of the Los Angeles Times, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, moderated by Zela Chin.
    #Plenary

  • Publishers and independent journalists are facing the challenge of keeping consumers engaged without the written word. While podcasts have emerged in recent years as a popular media format, the hype is now around different audio platforms such as Clubhouse, Discord or Facebook Live Audio Rooms. What are the best audio platforms to reach new audiences and consolidate your personal brand as a journalist?
    #Plenary
    #Skills

  • AAJA-Asia is launching, with the support of the Facebook Journalism Project, an ambitious project that will define Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) from an Asian perspective. It aims to raise awareness about DEI in newsrooms and in news coverage in Asia. This session will give an overview of the initiative, introduce key partners and present the first results of its research in seven markets.
    General

  • The media industry is instrumental in influencing views on race, diversity and equality. News media have a responsibility to fairly represent the diversity of the communities they cover. Inclusive storytelling needs a diverse media workforce. This session features a panel discussion among APAC newsroom executives sharing the challenges and benefits they've encountered in implementing diversity projects.
    #Plenary
    General

  • Tensions in Asia are growing on all fronts: the South China Sea; increasing military action around Taiwan; the rise of authoritarianism; rising nationalism in China. This panel features journalists based in the US and China seeking to unpack the challenges facing the region in the Biden era.
    #Plenary
    General

  • The Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated hate and discrimination against people of Asian origin everywhere in the world. The recent shootings in Atlanta and Minneapolis targeting Asian show how exposed and ill protected the AAPI community is in the U.S. What can journalists based in Asia do to stop Asian hate?
    #Plenary
    General

  • 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

  • All along the N3Con 2021 week, AAJA-Asia members will take you for a virtual tour of Asia newsrooms over lunch time. Each session will feature a conversation with a media executive sharing insights about her/his newsroom reporting, processes, career opportunities, challenges... We are visiting today Google for an updated on their latest news products and initiatives, as well as so tips for journalists interested in a career in a tech company.

  • It's said that the pen is mightier than the sword. Well, in the 21st century, data makes that pen we collectively use to write as journalists that much more effective. In this workshop, editor-in-chief and founder of Forkast.News Angie Lau shares how she learned to use technology tools to grow Forkast into one of the most respected and widely read Asia-based digital media platforms covering blockchain and emerging technologies with 2.3 million page views per month. How did data inform content? How did it help internal newsroom decision-making? Most important, how can individual journalists learn strategies to use in everyday reporting to amplify impact? Angie is joined by Kassy Cho, who heads social media for Forkast.News on what tips and best practices helped build an audience; along with Abhishek Marla of Chartbeat, who shares a deep dive into reader behaviors in Asia in 2021, and how SE Asian readers are accessing and engaging in content, and how those behaviors differ from the rest of the world. Abhishek Marla will also host an extended breakout session after the workshop for 1:1 Q&A for our journalist members.
    Workshop

  • Learn how journalists are working together to investigate the powers behind the destruction of rainforests around the world. The panel will be led by Kuek Ser Kuang Keng, the data editor of the Rainforest Investigations Network (RIN), joined by three RIN fellows. The panelists will discuss their cross-border collaborations, share best practices on investigating deforestation and lessons learned from their fellowship.
    #Beat
    #Plenary

  • All along the N3Con 2021 week, AAJA-Asia members will take you for a virtual tour of Asia newsrooms over lunch time. Each session will feature a conversation with a media executive sharing insights about her/his newsroom reporting, processes, career opportunities, challenges... About today's featured media company TBC
    Networking
    Newsroom Tour

  • We’re in a new era of audience engagement for amateur content creators, professional entertainers, businesspeople, and journalists; with the re-emergence of podcasts and other content platforms in recent years, everyone is competing for ears and eyes. The use of analytics on social media platforms goes a long way toward helping content creators to understand what the audience wants. For this session, let’s get back to some basics on how you can engage and keep your podcast, radio, or VLOG audience. Outline: 1. It starts with the audience 2. Choosing interesting guests 3. Pre-interview study, topics, and questions 4. Pre-interview social posts – engage your followers 5. The interview (it’s about them, not you) 6. Dialogue not monologue 7. Active listening 8. Post-interview social posts
    Workshop

  • All along the N3Con 2021 week, AAJA-Asia members are taking you for a virtual tour of Asia newsrooms over lunch time and after work. Each session will feature a conversation with a media executive sharing insights about her/his newsroom reporting, processes, career opportunities, challenges... Today we are visiting Rappler and taking a glimpse at the innovative use they make of data for engaging their audiences and improving their reporting in a unique way. About today's featured media company TBC
    Networking
    Newsroom Tour

  • Arthur Samuel Joseph M.A., founder and chairman of the Vocal Awareness Institute, today is widely-recognized as one of the world’s foremost communication strategists and authorities on the human voice. A renowned teacher/mentor, Mr. Joseph’s mission is to Change the World through Voice. His trademarked, proprietary voice and leadership training program, Vocal Awareness,™ is designed to teach Communication Mastery through a disciplined regimen of highly- specific techniques designed to cultivate an embodied and enhanced leadership presence, as well as personal presence, through body language techniques, vocal warm-ups, and storytelling skills. What emerges is an integrative and integral communication style. Mr. Joseph has taught globally for over five decades. His varied client list includes national and international leaders in politics, business, entertainment and broadcasting, the hospitality industries as well as among world-class athletes, motivational speakers, life coaches, noted actors, singers and other luminaries of the stage and screen. Formerly on the faculty at the University of Southern California School of Theatre, he has been a visiting artist at both Yale and George Washington Universities, and visiting professor in the New York University Graduate Extension program, among many others nationally and internationally. His lifelong dedication to his mission, “To change the world through Voice” imbues his work with a vital sense of urgency as our relationships, our culture, our nation, and our global community becomes increasingly dependent upon communication technology and social media to do the work of communication. As Mr. Joseph states, “We are on the cusp of losing the art of public discourse.” He has become a lone voice in raising the alarm that we aren’t simply losing the ability to communicate, we are losing our innate ability to connect with each other on even the most basic levels—physically, psychologically, and spiritually.
    Workshop

  • After years of breaking news, writing snazzy headlines and shooting award-winning reports, it may be time to spread your wings and try something new. Get tips from our panel of experts on how they landed their journalism-adjacent jobs.
    #Plenary
    Careers

  • All along N3Con 2021's week, AAJA-Asia members will take you for a virtual tour of Asia newsrooms and media companies over lunch time. Each session will feature a conversation with a media executive sharing insights about her/his organization's work, processes, career opportunities, challenges... Today, we will be visiting: FACEBOOK
    Networking
    Newsroom Tour

  • The coverage of the Myanmar coup by CNN's chief international correspondent has triggered heated controversy. Should the classic foreign correspondent continue to parachute into events? Or has their role fundamentally changed?
    #Plenary
    Careers

  • Get ready for an exciting evening of music and friendship! Join us at Karaoke Night to connect virtually with the extended AAJA-Asia community! Catch up with old and new friends, discover hidden talents and share some good laughs. Unleash your creativity and vocals! Everyone is invited to send ahead of the event a video of themselves singing their favorite tunes. There will be an informal contest and prizes to be won! Please send your video recording - YouTube links or standard video files formats - to asia@aaja.org before 31 July. (If you have any questions, drop us an email at the same address.)

  • Participants will learn to relax, recharge, reset and boost their energy, positivity, immunity and productivity through breathing exercises, grounding, chair yoga, dance and holistic nutrition. The workshop will also help participants understand the root causes of stress and anxiety and how best to integrate simple-to-do techniques to stay sane and calm at home and at work. Active participation, sharing and dialogue are highly encouraged.

  • All along N3Con 2021's week, AAJA-Asia members will take you for a virtual tour of Asia newsrooms and media companies over lunch time. Each session will feature a conversation with a media executive sharing insights about her/his organization's work, processes, career opportunities, challenges... Today, we will be visiting LA based media start-up the Eastern Standard Times, a new global voice for Asia.

  • N3ConU is AAJA-Asia's dedicated program for students in journalism. In this N3Con's session, participants will have the opportunity to informally chat with early-career journalists. Speakers will share insights on how to maximize opportunities while still schooling to get a head-start, build one's brand as a young journalist, and practical tips on getting internships and being a standout reporter in different newsrooms.
    N3ConU
    Networking

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