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.
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!
SAM desk CEO and Co-founder James Neufeld is going to tell us how to search effectively on social networks.
What is SAM?
SAM 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. The SAM platform helps journalists to find, qualify, verify, process and embed the best social media content around any story. James A. Neufeld is the founder of SAM, which he launched last summer.
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.
The AAJA-Asia Google Digital Journalism Award recognizes new ways of storytelling. Apply by April 30th and win a chance for $1000 award and a travel stipend of up to $500 to Seoul for the N3 conference weekend! Click here for more information.
Join Angie and fellow AAJA board members on Friday, April 10, for a casual meet and greet dinner to discuss updates on the AAJA Asia chapter, including the upcoming N3Con in Seoul. Dinner will be at La Paloma, the newest venture by veteran restauranteur Willy Morenos and one of the hottest new tables in Hong Kong. Currently, the restaurant is BYOB, so please feel free to bring wine pairings of your choice.
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.
The February 28 tea talk on defamation laws in Korea had a great turnout. The topic was “How not to get sued and what to do if you do (as a reporter)!” and the guests were Korea University Law Professor Park Kyung-shin, former correspondent Michael Breen, and Korea Observer’s Lee Tae-hoon.
Seoul-based AAJA-Asia member, Salgu Wissmath, recapped the event:
At the last Tea Talk we discussed South Korea’s defamation laws. Korea has both falsity defamation laws and truth defamation laws. If you publish something false that causes defamation, you can be charged with falsity defamation. This is similar to defamation laws in other countries. However, in Korea, if you publish something true that causes defamation, you can also be charged with truth defamation. Not only that, you can be charged both civilly and criminally.
This means you can be punished criminally for publishing true statements, if someone feels the statements have defamed them. In most other places truth is automatically a case against defamation. But in Korea you must prove “public interest.” The scope of what is considered “public interest” is very narrow. For example, there was a case where some workers protested outside their workplace with placards that stated they were not getting paid. The boss filled a criminal complaint. Even though the statements on the placards were true, they were not considered to be solely for public interest, and the workers were found guilty.
What does the award honor? This award recognizes the best journalism that features “new ways of storytelling” using any sort of digital technology to tell stories that matter in the region. In partnership with the award’s sponsor Google, AAJA is looking for the best and brightest work that tells the continuing story and issues of how our society continues to evolve in the physical and digital world. Continue reading
Dear AAJA-Asia members,
The results are in for AAJA-Asia’s recent election! Please join us in congratulating this group of passionate and talented professionals who have stepped up to lead our chapter:
1. Chapter Co-presidents: Angie Lau (Hong Kong) & Yuriko Nagano (Tokyo)
2. At-large board member A (term until December 2016): Jeremiah Foo (China & Japan)
3. At-large board member B (term until December 2015): Youkyung Lee (Seoul)
4. National board representative: Blessing Waung (Hong Kong)
5. China Vice President (write-in nomination): Allen Cheng
All terms begin today and will last until December 2016, with the exception of At-large board member B.
Thanks to Billy Wong at HKU and Lauren Hardie for organizing the special election.
Save the date! The chapter board, with these new leaders in place, are planning for another great New.Now.Next conference. We’ll be holding N3 this year in Seoul for the first time May 22-24.We’d love to hear from you about panel and workshop ideas. Please send them to Sean Lim.
We look forward to an amazing new chapter of AAJA-Asia. Thank you for being an important part of this journey.
AAJA-Asia Chapter Board
By AAJA-Asia member Lauren Hardie in Seoul
In this profession, no matter our achievements, we are all constantly learning.
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: