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. 

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.

Carina Lee, Content Acquisition Manager, Tcast

Carina Lee works in the media business field as she is currently in charge of acquiring movies and TV series in Korea. Previously, she has built up her career across sales & programming strategy for foreign media including A+E Networks & Discovery Networks. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Carina is AAJA-Asia’s VP for Seoul. She loves to dance and watch movies with a cup of tea.

Tom Benner, AAJA co-Vice President, Singapore and Southeast Asia

Tom Benner is a Singapore-based journalist. He writes news stories for Al Jazeera English, columns for Mainichi Shimbun’s bilingual news magazine Mainichi Weekly, and works as a copy editor and fact-checker at Forbes Asia. He has served as editor of N3Magazine, the official publication of N3Conference. He became an elected board member of the Singapore Press Club in 2013 and joined the AAJA-Asia board in 2019. Before relocating to Singapore from Boston, Mass., in 2012, Tom worked in the US as a statehouse bureau chief, editorial writer, and editor of a street paper.

Joon-Nie Lau, Director, WAN-IFRA APAC

Joon-Nie is the Director for Asia of WAN-IFRA, The World Association of News Publishers. A lawyer by training, Joon-Nie spent over 15 years in broadcast television as a reporter, interactive producer, current affairs producer and news editor at Channel News Asia and its predecessors SBC News and TCS News. Besides being a Vice-President of the Singapore Press Club for over 16 years and co-founding the Hacks/Hackers Singapore chapter in 2015, Joon-Nie is also a regular speaker and trainer at conferences, workshops and industry panels both locally and abroad.

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.