More than a dozen AAJA members from Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore, Bangkok, New York and Honolulu gathered in Yangon, Myanmar, for the East-West Center International Media Conference, from March 10 to 12. The theme was “challenge of a free press,” and Aung San Suu Kyi kicked off the conference with a keynote address.
AAJA members not only attended, but many spoke on several panels, sharing their journalism experiences and lessons. Watch what they had to say in the links below:
You can also catch the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #EastWestMedia
Hear from a journalist who has been covering the Tokyo Electric Power Co. news conferences for the last three years. Ryuichi Kino just has come out with his third book on his relentless pursuit for accountability from the utility and the government.
He will share with us his take on the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, his insight on what might be ahead and give us advice for journalism on this complex but important Japan news.
— Yuri Kageyama (@yurikageyama) March 27, 2014
For our next Table for 12 dinner this Friday, April 4, we’ve lined up an exclusive, AAJA members-only event with veteran journalists Sham Yee-lan and Shirley Yam. As chair and vice-chair of the Hong Kong Journalists’ Association, they are prominent leaders of a growing movement in support of freedom of the press and an end to violent attacks on members of the media.
Join Sham Yee, Shirley and fellow AAJA members in conversation on the attack on former Ming Pao editor Kevin Lau, plans for the newly formed Independent Commentators’ Association and increasing pressures on both local and foreign media organizations to self-censor.
Sham Yee is a lecturer in journalism at Shue Yan University and has worked for Hong Kong Economic Times, Apple Daily and iMoney magazine. Shirley Yam is a veteran business journalist and currently writes the “Money Matters” column for the South China Morning Post. See a profile of Sham Yee and a summary of recent attacks on journalists here.
Date: Friday, April 4
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Causeway Bay, location TBA
AAJA’s premier leadership-training program, the Executive Leadership Program, has chosen key AAJA-Asia leaders Yuri Nagano and Hannah Bae as part of its exclusive 2014 program.
Yuri, vice president of AAJA-Asia’s Tokyo sub-chapter, is an American freelance reporter with long-time roots in California and in AAJA. She has reported for Bloomberg BNA, the Los Angeles Times, AP, International New York Times, The Economist and many other news organizations. Learn more about her work here.
Hannah, former vice president of the Seoul sub-chapter, recently moved from South Korea back to New York to join Newsday as social media coordinator in late 2013. She formerly worked in the public affairs division at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, as well as for CNN Travel and Yonhap News. Bae is prolific on social media and you can follow her on Twitter.
For more on AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program and how to apply for the 2015 program, click here.
Please join me in congratulating Yuri and Hannah — two of AAJA-Asia’s brightest leaders!
Together we rise,
Welcome to what feels like springtime in Seoul! Our next event will be the start of our special panel series called ‘thought talks’ where we have a small group discussion with an expert or opinion leader.
How to Effectively Use Public Opinion Data in Your Stories
Date: Saturday, April 5th, 2014
Location: Salon de The @ Lotte Hotel (Jung-gu/Myeong-dong location)
Cost: 30,000 won for members / 50,000 won for non-members
*** Limited to 5-7 people only. Must pre-pay.
RSVP: Sean Lim, sean.lim(at)gmail.com by March 31, 2014
Speaker: Karl Friedhoff, Program Officer, Public Opinion Studies Center, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Time: Saturday Feb. 8, 11 a.m., Tokyo
Price: Free for AAJA members, 500 yen for non-members.
AAJA-Asia invites you to a guided tour of the special exhibit, “A View of Daily Life,” 56 striking images by AP photographers from 31 countries. AP photo editor Junji Kurokawa, himself a passionate practitioner of daily life photography, will talk about feature photography and how he and other news photographers capture daily life around the world. The extensive exhibit is well worth a visit. The large-size prints are accompanied by a short statement with the photographer’s thinking behind each photo. It is in an enclosed but unheated area, so dress appropriately. After the tour, we’ll go to lunch at A16.
Please RSVP here and let us know if you’re going to join the lunch so we can make a reservation.
For those who can’t make the tour, the exhibit continues until April 22 at Gyoko-dori Underground Gallery, a passageway under Gyoko-dori in Marunouchi, between the Maru and Shinmaru buildings and right opposite the old Tokyo Station building.
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: