Dear AAJA-Asia family,

 

Happy Year of the Dog! I’m excited and humbled to mark this Lunar New Year in my new role as AAJA-Asia president. We are a stronger AAJA-Asia community than ever before, thanks to the leadership of outgoing President Angie Lau and our team of leaders. The Asia chapter is the fastest growing within AAJA, and we expect to have more than 200 members across the Asia Pacific region this year.

 

The year is off to a good start. Last week, AAJA-Asia hosted the first Digital N3 conference, a gathering of almost 200 journalists in the U.S. and Asia in a dozen cities from Tokyo to Seattle — all connected live via video conference. There was an insightful conversation with New York Times International News Editor Sewell Chan, AP News Director for Japan and the Koreas Ken Moritsugu, Bloomberg senior news editor Jodi Schneider and ABS-CBN managing editor Annalisa Burgos on the stories impacting both the U.S. and Asia. Reporters in each location also shared a reporting tool. The initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’ll offer more Digital N3 panels and workshops in the future.

 

Chapter leaders and dozens of volunteer organizers are also busy planning the 8th annual New.Now.Next N3Con Media Conference. We’ve got three days of amazing programming you won’t want to miss. Mark your calendars for May 25-27. The chapter is offering fellowship awards to help AAJA-Asia members get to N3Con.

 

As president, I will also work with chapter leaders to bring a number of exciting new initiatives and opportunities to serve members, including:

 

  • More programming, training and workshops aimed at helping you at every stage in your career path, wherever you are in the region. We want to hear from you about what your needs and interests are.

 

  • More student scholarships, as well as fellowship opportunities for professional members. Details here.

  • N3ConU — a suite of educational, networking and mentoring services is being launched at N3Con this year. We will soon open applications for mentors and mentees for our newly launched Mentor Match program.

  • We also plan to develop programming in China and India as we grow our community. We’d love to hear your needs if you are based there.

 

The Lunar New Year is a season of gratitude. I want to thank Angie for her exemplary leadership and passion guiding our chapter the past three years. We are fortunate that she will continue to be part of our amazing roster of leaders.

 

I am also excited and grateful to be working alongside an A-team of professionals who constantly inspire me with their passion and innovative ideas. You will find these dedicated volunteers on our AAJA-Asia Slack channel first thing in the morning and late into the evening.They join weekend and evening calls to brainstorm how to serve members better. I hope you will join me in applauding and thanking them for their efforts and spirit of service. We would not be the strong chapter we are without each and every one of them.

 

If you are excited about our new initiatives, I invite you to join our team. We are in need of writers, editors, designers and innovators. Even if you can offer just an hour a week, we’ve got a role for you. Let’s work together to build a stronger AAJA-Asia family.

Together we rise!

 

In AAJA spirit,

 

K. Oanh Ha

 

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