About AAJA

The Asia chapter is a networking group for AAJA members in Asia and the Pacific and a bridge for AAJA members who come to the region or want to work here. We have grown in recent years into one of AAJA’s largest chapters with about 200 members, from India and Nepal, across Southeast Asia to China, Japan and South Korea. In major cities, vibrant sub-chapters organize rewarding and fun talks and networking and career-development events.


The high point of the year is an annual conference that draws journalists, students and speakers from around the region, and even the U.S. The New.Now.Next Media Conference, known as N3Con, features lively discussion of the latest issues in Asia, and hands-on workshops explaining what’s new in storytelling for the digital era – and how you can master it. The 2018 N3Con will be held in Hong Kong in May.


The Asia chapter was founded in 1996 by two AAJA members working in the region, Allen Cheng in Hong Kong and Alan Ota in Tokyo. An early highlight was an ambitious series of programs for the many journalists who came to Hong Kong to cover the handover of the territory to China in 1997. Today’s members work for The Associated Press, AFP, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, CNN, TVB, WION, the Korea JoongAng Daily and many other news media.


Mentoring and Fellowships


With nearly one-third of membership worldwide comprised of students, AAJA makes continued efforts to provide a holistic, sustainable cycle of career development and mentoring. In partnership with Google, AAJA-Asia awards an annual digital journalism fellowship for innovative projects that fuse tech with journalism.

AAJA-Asia also grants stipends to attend AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program for mid-career journalists and the National Convention in the U.S. At the annual N3Con media conference, members have the opportunity to connect with mentors one-on-one for career counseling or resume advice, as well as participate in intensive leadership workshops to develop the soft skills needed to accelerate in the workplace.

AAJA-Asia will launch the localized version of AAJA Mentoring at N3Con 2018, pairing ambitious young journalists with veterans across the region.


For more information, to become a mentor or to propose a partnership, please email us at aajaasia@gmail.com.