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Saturday 6/27 at 18:00
이비스 스타일 앰배서더 서울 명동 Ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong
302 Samil-daero Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea 100-861
The Korea Observer will host a rooftop BBQ party with outstanding foreign correspondents, journalists and bloggers in Korea with the support of the Senior Public Diplomacy Group of the Foreign Ministry. Unlimited Beer and BBQ will be offered free of charge. It will be fun and carefree. We have made a reservation for 25 people and will have the best seats available at the scenic rooftop bar. It will be held at Le Style Bar located on the 21st floor of the Ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong, not the Ibis Ambassador Myeongdong.
AAJA will be seeking a slate of new officers for the term of 2016-2017. Electronic voting will begin Wednesday, July 22 with the final results announced at the AAJA Gala Banquet scheduled for Saturday, August 15. This will be the first year the new executive officer structure takes effect.
The positions up for election this year are: Senior Vice President (new position), Vice President of Journalism Programs (formerly Vice President for Print), and Secretary. The role of each officer, as written in the AAJA bylaws, is below:
The other new officer, Vice President of Civic Engagement, will be elected in summer 2016, along with the President and Treasurer.
This year’s election schedule (all times listed are Pacific Standard Time):
Please e-mail National Secretary Michelle Lee if you have any questions.
The BBC News bureau in Singapore, home to our Asia online news desk, is also a broadcast hub for BBC World News television producing the live daily news programmes Newsday and Asia Business Report. The newsroom has an opportunity for a Digital Journalist to work from the Singapore bureau on a fixed term contract for 12 months.
Members of AAJA-Asia Tokyo had the privilege of practicing zazen meditation on Saturday, May 30. Several minutes of not doing anything totally confused the brain and body of journalists, who generally have to work on one assignment after another. Zazen is supposed to help you deepen appreciation of life as part of nature, the concept closely linked to the culture of samurai warriors who may have to die at any given time in order to complete their social obligations. It’s not easy to get to that level of sophistication, but our AAJA group did fine because the Japanese monk Masashi Mizutani acting on behalf of Kannon, Goddess of Mercy, kindly guided us by, for example, pushing (slapping) our backs. Many thanks to Mayu for arranging the event and Mizutani-san and others at the Kyukouji Temple in Shibuya for having us.
Dear N3Con sponsors, speakers, special guests, volunteers and attendees,
The co-organiziers — consisting of members spread across Asia and the US in Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Hanoi, Singapore, China, New York and Florida — started preparations in February for this event and it has been a fruitful but intense and furious last two months leading up to this weekend.
It was amazing to see our coordinated, all-volunteer effort (we all have full-time commitments) come together at Google Korea and d.Camp with such high energy.
From the YouTube stars talk on Friday to the Saturday plenary Reporting on North Korea and Asia Start-Up Boom panels to our various workshops and panels on social media, storytelling, state media, data journalism, diversity, k-pop, video journalism, job hunting, future of digital content, media freedom, leadership to diversity and various networking opportunities to one-on-one resume critiques to the Saturday Gala dinner, we hope participants had some takeaways from the event.
By: Christina Choi + Blessing Waung
SAMDesk is a social media search and collaborative curation tool for newsrooms which power these workflows for teams like Reuters, AP, Guardian, WSJ, FT through to local papers and broadcasters. On Friday, March 15, CEO and Co-founder James Neufeld came to speak to AAJA-Asia members in Hong Kong in the Bloomberg Hong Kong offices, regarding best practices on searching, curating, and utilizing social media for storytelling.
AAJA-Asia Chapter is proud to announce the winner of the first AAJA-Asia Google Digital Journalism Award that honors and recognizes the best journalism that features “new ways of storytelling” using digital technology.
The award goes to: Patrick Boehler, SCMP: “Voices from Tiananmen”
Here is a link to the winning entry: multimedia.scmp.com/tiananmen/
In this interactive SCMP feature on “Voices from Tiananmen,” Patrick Boehler and his team of about two dozen people at the SCMP, ChinaFile, and JMSC take the reader on a comprehensive visit through one of China’s uglier pages of its history, featuring compelling voices and issues that remain.
This submission was notable for its engaging use of digital media tools, but more important, the journalism and storytelling was enhanced by the creative use of words and pictures that was interactive and educational for all. Congratulations to all involved!
The devastation in Nepal is unbelievable. And we have some in our AAJA-Asia Chapter family in the midst of the tragedy. We are able to account for the safety on some, but with the death toll climbing, and conditions worsening, we fear for those +9,000 injured and thousands still missing.
For those who want to help, here is a link to vetted charities.
In the comings days, and months this is a nation that will need help in rebuilding. It is one of the poorest nations in the world, with a gross domestic product of less than $20 billion dollars, and it will need billions to rebuild and rise from the rubble. But we know the spirit of this region is strong, and if we can do our part, we will.
Our hearts and thoughts go to our colleagues and friends in Nepal and all those in the region affected by this devastating earthquake.
The FCCJ will award journalists dedicated to free speech. Prizes are awarded in five categories. All AAJA-Asia members are eligible. http://www.fccj.or.jp/the-fccj-freedom-of-the-press-awards.html
Have a toast to welcome the arrival of spring and catchup with your fellow AAJA-Asia Tokyo Subchapter members. For details and RSVP visit the event page here.
Are you overwhelmed work and stressed out from daily late night hours at work? Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience the wonders of Zazen meditation at the Kyukoji temple in Shibuya. More information and RSVP here.
For a journalist in the digital age, sifting through copious amount of online data is an unavoidable part of the job. But it doesn’t always have to be the most tedious part of filing your story. Google can help! One of the world’s most popular search engines provides extra tools streamlined for the media.
The Singapore sub-chapter of AAJA-Asia recently held its first joint event with Google Singapore, “How to harness Google effectively for your reporting,” to highlight some of these search tips to journalists and other media professions. From tapping into resources like the ‘Advanced Search’ functions to filtering out for file types in your search results, to verifying data and images through the ‘Image Search’ function, Google can quickly become a journalist’s best friend. Learning the tools that are readily available at your fingertips goes hand-in-hand with staying sharp in the digital age
Those attending the workshop also learned that Google works beyond supporting existing stories; it’s a powerful tool for discovering original content, by exploring Google’s readily available public data. With simple query terms like “smartphone vs. android”, the presenter from Google quickly whipped up extensive visualizations of search data from around the world. In a couple clicks, we could compare how countries from around the world have searched for android and iPhone related pages, and compare global trends. However, it is also important as a journalist to recognize the selection effect at play: In some countries, Google isn’t necessarily the go-to search engine.
The next presenter from Youtube gave a workshop on optimizing the video-sharing platform for the media. Whether you’re contributing to a company channel or establishing your own brand, these are a few tips to keep in mind:
– — Become a subject matter expert through generating and curating content. All digital storytellers aim to create engaging content, but if you’re on the go, you can easily share content that you’ve curated, or re-release your previous content under a slightly different packaging (changing headlines, thumbnails, etc.)
– — Interact with your audience. Cross promote your various social media platforms (Twitter, Google Hangouts, etc.) to give your audience options for interacting with you.
– — Make use of your analytics. By knowing that the average YouTube user drops off the first 15 seconds, you can be a more mindful storyteller and craft your story accordingly.
There’s plenty more Google tools for media available here: http://www.google.com/get/mediatools/
On Saturday, March 28th we had a wonderful information session at the BitCoin Korea center in Itaewon capped off with a delicious lunch at Dillinger’s where some of our members actually paid for their meals with BitCoin! For those of you who weren’t able to make it, here’s a brief summary. Whether it is the future of banking or whether it can take down banking systems or sovereign fiat currency, it really does make us reassess how we can more accurately cover the convergence of tech and finance.
BitCoin comes literally from a computer program that is attributed to be the creation of ‘Satoshi’. Nobody knows who he/she/it exactly is. People have tried to hack IP addresses and the source code itself to find out who made this thing. No success. However, the BitCoin community notes that Satoshi writes on forums with perfect British English grammar.
Every year, AAJA-Asia organizes a regional journalism conference with our local partners. In the part three years, it has been held in Hong Kong, but this year, we take it to Seoul, where we are working with Google and D.Camp to put on a tech-focused conference for media professionals across Asia. The program will include panels and discussions on North Korea, diversity in Asia, the start-up boom and more. Visit the conference site at n3con.com/2015.
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: