A Mentorship Day for APAC Students

Saturday 23 October 2021 – 10:00 am to 12:30 pm HKT/SGT

AAJA-Asia student members from the APAC region are warmly invited to join an exceptional online Mentor Match session featuring exclusive conversations with and guidance from young journalists and personalized resume doctor sessions.

Of special interest for students in their last year before graduation, AAJA-Asia’s online Mentor Match session will provide students with a unique opportunity to learn from young professional journalists how they strategized their first jobs and navigated their careers for reaching their current positions. Mentors will also help participating students to define their goals and prioritize their choices. Finally, they will help mentees to structure their CVs and make them more relevant and attractive for clinching an internship or a job interview.


  • 10:00: Welcome and introductions
  • 10:15-11:15: Semi-individual mentorship sessions (2 students for 1 mentor)
  • 11:15-12:00: Individual resumé doctor session
  • 12:00-12:30: Get together. Networking and conclusion


This session is for AAJA-Asia student members only (check here to become a member in just a few clicks). Seats are limited and applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis. AAJA-Asia will pre-assign individual mentors to successful applicants ahead of the event.

Apply here. Successful applicants will receive a confirmation by email.

For any questions, please contact asia@aaja.org


Please regularly check this page  for updates as new mentors will be added regularly. 

YooHee Hong, Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, NewsPicks

YooHee Hong set up a Silicon Valley branch office of NewsPicks in 2018. She covered startups and top-tier venture capital firms, and major IT companies since then. Covered Peter Tiel, an entrepreneur and investor, Eric Yang, founder and CEO of Zoom, Marie Kondo, an organizing consultant and more. Before NewsPicks, Hong worked as a reporter and a producer at TV TOKYO, part of the Nikkei Group. She has reported from over 20 countries on various international issues, economic news, and business topics.

Kari Soo Lindberg, Reporter, Bloomberg 

Kari Soo Lindberg is a former nutritionist turned journalist. She previously reported on indigenous textile rights in Guatemala and the American prison system as a freelance journalist. She now works at Bloomberg in Hong Kong. She plans to move to South American within the next decade to cover the Chinese investments in the region. Kari is currently AAJA-Asia’s co-VP for Hong Kong. She loves meeting new people and can be reached at @Karisoo1 on Twitter.

Sheryl Lee, Multimedia journalist, Mongabay

Sheryl Lee is a multimedia journalist based in Singapore. She covers Southeast Asia for Mongabay and has reported extensively on science, business, environment and politics across news organisations including The Associated Press, Bloomberg and The Straits Times in Singapore and Hong Kong. She has degrees in Accountancy and Business Analytics from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Rebecca Isjwara, Reporter,  S&P Global Market Intelligence

Rebecca Isjwara (@beckyisj) is a reporter with S&P Global Market Intelligence, covering banking and financial services in APAC. She currently serves as the secretary of AAJA–Asia, where she champions journalism through workshops, events, and annual conferences.



Rachel Yeo, Reporter, SCMP

Rachel is a reporter from the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, specialising in housing, land development and heritage. Occasionally, she also reports on Covid-19 and political issues in the city.



Holly Chik, Reporter, South China Morning Post

Holly Chik is a reporter covering China for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. She is also AAJA-Asia’s co-VP for AAJA-Asia’s Hong subchapter



Kantaro Komiya, Reporter, Reuters (tbc)