AAJA-Asia is excited to announce the AAJA-Asia Professional Development Travel Stipend program for chapter members, designed to reward promising and active members who might lack the financial ability to pursue their professional development aims.
This pilot program will grant US$350 to a chapter member to help with travel costs to the 4th annual regional New.Now.Next Media Conference in Hong Kong, planned for the weekend of May 30 — June 1, 2014. The award will take into account an applicant’s past or potential contributions to the AAJA-Asia chapter, financial need, and professional development goals. The winner will be expected to host a casual talk in his or her home city, write up a short blog post (like this) to share the conference experience and photographs with fellow AAJA members and renew membership the following year, 2015.
Look out for an application form soon! The deadline is scheduled for February 28, 2014.* Applicants must be AAJA-Asia members for 2014.
Later in the year, a second part to the stipend program will award money to an AAJA-Asia member to help with travel costs to the AAJA Convention in Washington D.C., August 13-16, 2014.
Chung is a founder and CEO of ClassDo Inc., an online platform that provides one-to-one lessons and connects teachers and students from over 90 countries. Chung said he is one of the pioneers of an educational platform that eliminates challenges such as different currencies, language barriers and software installation. He will be speaking about how 21st century education is evolving with technology and issues he had to consider while building the startup.
AAJA members get a 500-yen discount off each ticket. Please email aajaasiatokyo(at)gmail(dot)com for the discount code.
We’re teaming up with Google Asia-Pacific this week for a members-only tour of the search giant’s new Hong Kong digs. Not only that, Google’s Joyce Hau — and fellow AAJA’er — will also hold an exclusive Google Tools for Media workshop.
Many of us start our research with a Google search of a name or contact number. This session will show you advanced tips and tricks to help increase your research power.
That includes learning how to visually tell your story using Google Maps, how to let your audience talk back to you throughYouTube and Google+ and how to get the scoop on that new fad using Google Trends.
Date: Thursday, December 12th
Time: 6:30pm meet, 7pm start
Venue: Google Hong Kong, Causeway Bay
Debtwire, part of the Mergermarket and Financial Times Group, and a leading provider of intelligence and research covering the global fixed income markets, is seeking to hire an investigative reporter for our Japan coverage.
Financial reporting experience and a familiarity with Asian financial markets – especially for bonds and loans –– is a plus but not a necessity. We tend to hire candidates without financial experience who can prove from their prior reporting experience that they are self-starters, determined, analytical and quick learners with the ability to write clearly and coherently.
We provide concerted training to our reporters, allowing them to make a mark in a dynamic, specialized market by providing a flow of scoops and analysis on debt raising, restructurings and fraud.
This is a great opportunity for an ambitious reporter seeking a platform to be able to really dig. The ideal candidate would be based in Tokyo, but we can consider people in Hong Kong or Singapore. Fluency in English and Japanese is a must.
Pay and benefits are competitive and commensurate to experience. Junior and senior reporters are invited to apply.
The specific responsibilities are:
The Mergermarket Group has a strong regional Asian presence, with offices in Hong Kong, Sydney, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul and Mumbai. Mergermarket is part of The Financial Times Group, which is a Pearson company.
Candidates should apply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mergermarket Group is fully committed to a policy of non-discrimination and to promoting equality of opportunity in employment on the grounds of merit, experience, skills and aptitude in order to maximise the full potential of both existing and prospective employees.
AAJA-Asia has partnered with the East-West Center on an upcoming conference you won’t want to miss. We want to offer an AAJA-led workshop or panel in Yangon and looking for ideas.
The East-West Center is holding a conference in Yangon, Myanmar, on March 10-12, 2014, to gather journalists around the world to examine the issue of press freedom and strategies for news gathering. It’s a great chance to meet journalists around Asia and the world and explore and learn about Myanmar, an emerging country that is increasingly in the news. Conference details here.
AAJA would like to have a strong showing at the conference and we’re calling for members to propose panels/workshops there. Oanh Ha is gathering ideas for panels and workshops we’d like to hold in Yangon. Feel free to ping her with ideas by Dec. 9.
Here’s a perfect year-end coffee for AAJA members, who will be in Tokyo in December.
!!!CHARITY & LEARNING EXPERIENCE!!!
Location: Foredor cafe at Asakusabashi Station
Date/Time: Sat., Dec. 7 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: 1,000 yen for non-members; free for AAJA members
Learn how to translate numbers into stories.
We deal with a sea of data – from government budget stories, corporate earnings reports, election results and SMS updates. As journalists, we can use this data and shape them into compelling news stories.
Attendees will walk away with some real ideas on how to find simple data-driven stories through tips on how to gather and analyze them.
This will be a casual workshop over coffee for seasoned journalists as well as those just getting their feet wet.
Special guest: Bloomberg News editor Pavel Alpeyev based in Tokyo
Event doubles as a holiday food drive for a non-profit Second Harvest Japan. Bring your extra pantry items for donation.
If you can join us, please RSVP using the form below.
The results are in! The AAJA-Asia chapter board elections have wrapped up successfully thanks to the support of our rapidly growing base of more than 220 members across the Asia-Pacific.
Congratulations to the winners: National Board Representatives K. Oanh Ha in Hanoi and Ramy Inocencio in Hong Kong, Chapter Secretary Jason L. Gatewood in Taipei, Hong Kong Vice-President Wendy Tang, Seoul Vice-President Sean Lim and At-Large Members Arjun Giri in Nepal and Asha Phillips in Ho Chi Minh.
At this weekend’s Scholarship and Awards Gala at the National Convention in New York, AAJA will honor Yuen Ying Chan with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors an AAPI individual who has demonstrated courage and commitment to the principles of journalism over the course of a life’s work.
About Yuen Ying Chan:
Yuen Ying Chan is a professor of journalism and founding director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong. She was also the founding dean of the School of Journalism and Communication at Shantou University, China. Through journalism programs at both universities, she is raising a new generation of questioning, curious and fair journalists right on the doorstep of mainland China.
Prior to her current roles, Chan spent 23 years working as a journalist in New York City, where she reported for Chinese language dailies, New York Daily News, CBS 60 Minutes and NBC News. Her honors include a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, Polk Award and International Press Freedom Award. She was a founding member of AAJA-New York and was the vice president of AAJA-Asia from 2001-2003.
What is diversity and does it matter for journalists in Asia? One of the core tenants of AAJA is to promote diversity in newsrooms in the US and to advocate for fair media coverage of communities, but these issues are also important in our part of the world. Diversity is not just about gender and ethnicity, according to the following video.
The video clip is from the New.Now.Next Media Conference, held in Hong Kong in May 2013. The panelists are Doris Truong, multiplatform editor at the Washington Post; Paul Cheung, global interactive editor in New York for the Associated Press; Sharon Chan, associate opinions editor at the Seattle Times; and Bobby Calvan, chairman of AAJA’s MediaWatch. The moderator is Ken Moritsugu, enterprise editor at the Associated Press.
Chan points out that AAJA’s diversity mission IS important in Asia: The leaders of many large US media organizations do not reflect diversity, nor do their bureau chiefs. The fact remains that white editors in New York still control white editors in bureaus in Asia and other places abroad. Watch the discussion here: