I am pleased to announce the winner of AAJA-Asia’s inaugural Professional Development Travel Stipend Program.
On behalf of the AAJA-Asia board, I’d like to congratulate Lauren Hardie, in Seoul, who will receive $350 for expenses toward the chapter’s annual New.Now.Next International Media Conference in Hong Kong this June 6-8. For more on N3Con, head here: www.n3con.com
We received applications from five well-deserving AAJA-Asia members in Japan, South Korea and Thailand. Points were granted based on the applicants’ responses to three questions about their past and potential contributions to AAJA-Asia, how they would benefit professionally from attending N3Con and their financial need. Points from each of the three judges were combined with the points from the board as a whole to reveal the applicant with the highest number of points.
The AAJA-Asia chapter board thanks all who applied. This is our way of investing in the success of our members. We have seen phenomenal growth over the past four years and have won AAJA’s chapter of the year award consecutively the past two years – thanks to you.
Details on future stipends will be announced shortly so stay tuned.
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
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,
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: