AAJA-Asia organizes Digital N3 Salons throughout the year to discuss important media trends and offer training to members and attendees of its annual New.Now.Next Media Conference (N3con). The Digital N3 Salons connect attendees across Asia and the U.S. — with groups gathering simultaneously at various sites that are connected via a live streaming platform.

Since physical gatherings are currently not an option as we deal with the coronavirus pandemic, our series of 2020-2021 Digital N3 Salons only features fully digital events. Join us for engaging conversations and training you won’t want to miss!

Upcoming Events:

Blockchain Workshop for Journalists

Saturdays: 25th September & 2nd October 2021

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm SGT/HKT (10:00 am – 11:00 am GMT+3)

Blockchain technology – which powers cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, which allows for building decentralized applications – holds promise for developing a sustainable journalism eco-system. During this two-session online workshop, we will outline the path from pre-Bitcoin computer science breakthroughs to Bitcoin and using blockchain to store important metadata that journalists and media companies use daily and securely store and edit through a blockchain.

Whether you are a journalist building for the future of newsrooms via blockchain technology or a curious enthusiast making sense of the hype, this workshop will help you understand why blockchain technology being a great news coordination tool for journalists in general, approaching blockchain from the viewpoint of why it has the impact it has on newsrooms.  

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1st Session -25th September 2021

Intro to Blockchain

  • A brief history of digital cash and blockchain technology
  • Overview of technology that makes blockchains possible
  • Overview of the latest decentralized applications using blockchain technology to change how journalists perform their newsroom duties and operations.
2nd Session – 2nd October 2021
Deep Dive Session: Blockchain in Journalism
  • Civil, in partnership with Forbes and Kinzen
  • User-generated news agencies London-based Mogul and Netherland-based Nwzer 
  • EU-financed Content Personalisation Network

Workshop leader: 

Daniel Yap is the former Publisher with The Middle Ground – a socio-political news site focused on Singapore and Southeast Asia affairs between 2015 and late 2017; he now does communication work for crypto exchange and is based in Finland. Daniel has a wealth of experience in content and creative writing and marketing, and business consultancy. He is especially familiar with the media and fintech industries. Daniel has also worked on various projects ranging from investor relations communications for MNCs to marketing campaigns for tech startups.

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Previous events 

Special Session for Students in Journalism

Saturday 11 Sept 2021, 4:00 to 5:00 pm SGT 
Thanks to the support of the US Embassy in Singapore, AAJA-Asia has been able to offer free membership and tickets to its annual conference, the New.Now.Next Media conference in 2020 and 2021. As a wrap up of this initiative, AAJA-Asia and the US Embassy in Singapore are organizing a special online session open to all Singapore based students with an interest in journalism on Saturday 11 September, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm (SGT). 
This session will be a unique opportunity to: 
– Gain insights from young journalists and veteran media professionals about working as a journalist in Singapore and other APAC locations.
– Share your experiences as an attendee – or a volunteer at – N3Con with fellow participants and other students.
– Learn about AAJA-Asia’s latest projects and opportunities for students to engage and contribute to an Asia wide community of journalists and students in journalism.  
  • Working as a Journalist in Singapore and Beyond today: Prospects, Challenges and Opportunities
  • Trending Topics for Young Journalists: Lessons Learnt from N3COn 2020 and 2021
  • From Digital Tools Training to Diversity Projects, what’s up for students at AAJA-Asia?  


Start Your News Channel on TikTok

Saturday, Feb 27 2021, 9:30 AM HKT/SGT (Friday, 26 Feb, 8:30 pm ET)

News publications and independent journalists are increasingly using TikTok to promote their content and reach out to younger audiences. But finding the right news style, that fits both with your brand and the audience you intend to engage with is certainly trickier than posting a Renegade dance video!

Julia Munslow is a special projects editor at Yahoo News in New York. She works on a variety of projects, including newsletters on coronavirus and on politics, managing the Yahoo News TikTok account, Gen Z content strategy across Verizon Media Group and social trends reporting.

In this upcoming, free AAJA-Asia Digital Salon, Julia will share Do’s and Don’ts about publishing news-related content on TikTok.

Session moderator: Chiew Farn Chung, CEO and Founder, Classdo (Singapore / Tokyo)




Reporting on Covid-19 in China, Then Getting Expelled

Journalists from Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and New York Times discuss their reportage and experiences on January 8, 2021, 8:00 am HKT

AAJA-NY presents this virtual talk with The Wall Street Journal’s Shan Li, Stephanie Yang and Chao Deng ; The New York Times’ Amy Qin and The Washington Post’s Gerry Shih in a joint event with AAJA-DC and AAJA At Large.

Shan, Stephanie, Chao and Amy reported from the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan in China’s Hubei province, including under quarantine. Gerry was reporting around southern China and unable to enter Hubei at the time. All five American journalists were among a dozen caught in the tit for tat between China and the United States, resulting in their expulsion from China in March.

Today, Stephanie and Shan are based in New York, although they will be heading to Asia this month. Chao, Amy and Gerry are in Taipei.

Moderating the discussion, which will be off-the-record and not recorded, will be Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author Mei Fong.

The talk will center on their professional and personal experiences navigating what began as a mysterious illness and its spread, then having to pack up and leave the country in the midst of one of the biggest stories of our lifetimes.

Stephanie Yang is a Wall Street Journal reporter covering the coronavirus, transit, real estate and all things New York City. She was previously based in the Beijing bureau where she covered business and entrepreneurs in China along with natural resources and the economy.

Shan Li is also reporting on Greater New York as well as politics and features for The Wall Street Journal. She was also based in the Beijing bureau where she reported on China’s tech giants and previously covered retail and the restaurant industries for the Los Angeles Times.

Chao Deng has written about the Chinese economy, finance and trade and was based in Beijing for The Wall Street Journal. Her expulsion from China occurred while she was in the coronavirus containment zone in Wuhan.

Amy Qin is a China correspondent for the New York Times covering culture, politics and society. She was based in Beijing for eight years, reporting on stories ranging from antigovernment protests in Hong Kong to China’s crackdown on Uighurs in Xinjiang, a series for which her team was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2020.

Gerry Shih is the Washington Post’s interim Beijing bureau chief and will be India bureau chief in June. He has covered China for six years. He won the Asia Society’s 2020 Osborn Elliott Prize; the previous year he was part of the Associated Press team that won the prize.

Mei Fong, the moderator, is author of “One Child” and is director of communications and strategy for the Center for Public Integrity in Washington. While a China correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, she was on the Pulitzer-Prize winning team for international reporting.

Stephanie Yang, left, and Shan Li preparing to board different evacuation flights out of Wuhan in February — for the United States. They’d return to China and then would be expelled the following month. (Stephanie Yang/The Wall Street Journal)









Previous events: 

The Future of Tech and Finance in Asia

Saturday 12  December 2020, from 09:30 am to 10:30 am SGT/HKT

Xi Jinping has ramped up his assertion that technology will be a key growth engine for China. Yet it’s facing a myriad of conundrums: on the one hand, Chinese tech giants are seeking to expand internationally through 5G and e-commerce platforms; on the other hand, the new Chinese anti-monopoly trust laws will seek to reign in Chinese tech companies like never before.

This panel will explore the impacts the new anti-monopoly laws will have on Chinese tech monopoly companies like Alibaba, Tencent and Meituan in Southeast Asia, where Chinese tech is rapidly dominating.

Key discussion points will include:

  • How does China’s rapidly expanding presence in the region mesh with Asian countries growing political weariness of the middle kingdom’s wolf warrior diplomacy?
  • What are possible tech pressure points that you’re looking out for as the region toggles between the rivalry of the US and China?
  • What do the new anti-monopoly laws mean for Chinese tech giants?


Kenan Machado is an editor and writer with more than 15 years of experience in journalism. He heads investment coverage for the Asian Private Banker in Hong Kong, having moved from Singapore-based Tech in Asia where he covered the technology industry in the region.

Kenan spent close to a decade at The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones in Hong Kong and India where responsibilities included covering Asian and global markets. Prior stints include being an on-air reporter with CNBC and covering US-listed companies at Reuters. Kenan was the only reporter, and civilian, with the federal special forces team that dealt with the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India. He also tracked down and interviewed the India-based family members of the Islamic State in Iraq.

Confirmed Speakers:

Xiaomeng Lu is a senior analyst in Eurasia Group’s geo-technology practice with a focus on the interactions of emerging technologies with geopolitics, market dynamics, and regulatory norms. She provides in-depth analysis on key policy issues such as cybersecurity, data protection, artificial intelligence, internet governance, 5G, and trade. Before joining Eurasia Group, Xiaomeng was the China practice lead at consulting firm Access Partnership. In this capacity, she helped top financial and cloud service providers of the US enter China’s market amid the trade war between the two countries. She also played a key role in establishing and expanding the company’s first office in Asia, which generated over $1 million in revenue in three years. Xiaomeng has a master’s degree in international trade policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Renmin University of China.

Elliott Zaagman is co-host of the China Tech Investor Podcast. He is a researcher and consultant focusing on Chinese technology companies and their growth, PR, IR, and leadership strategies.



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CV Workshop for Young Journalists

Saturday 24 October 2020, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm SGT/HKT

Preparing your CV can be a daunting task. Yet, whether it is for applying for an internship or a first job, a well written CV, in line with the APAC news industry’s best practices, can make a decisive difference. If you want to stand out, improve your job searching skills and increase your chances of working as a professional journalist, this workshop is for you!


The workshop will go through the basics of setting up your journalist resume:

  • Best layout options
  • Wordings that work
  • Developing and tailoring your profesional profile
  • Highlighting the best parts of your work
  • Typical errors to avoid in CV writing
  • Review and feedback

Geared towards students and early career journalists, this interactive session will include personalized advice, tips and techniques to help you make the most of your next identified opportunity.

Workshop leader: 

Rebecca Isjwara is a reporter with S&P Global Market Intelligence, covering banking and financial services in APAC. She is a co-host of the AAJA-Asia podcast, a series of interviews accompanying N3Con.

Rebecca holds a BBA in Global Business and Finance from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and is currently serving as the co-vice president for the Hong Kong subchapter of AAJA-Asia.

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Trauma Awareness and Resilience: What every Reporter Needs to Know!

Saturday 11 July 2020, from 11:30 to 1:00 pm (SG/HK time)

Improving crisis reporting and protecting journalists have never been more important than during the Covid-19 pandemic. As we carry out the vital mission of informing citizens and holding leaders accountable, journalists frequently bear witness to human suffering, whether covering mass disasters or individual atrocities. Journalists are also sometimes the direct targets of violence and harassment which can affect health and well-being.

While research suggests that at least 80% of journalists have been exposed to a traumatic event while carrying out their work, few have been trained to protect themselves of such exposure and its aftermath.

This session will explore the impact of trauma on journalists and newsrooms. It will equip you with simple approaches to peers and colleagues and management tactics for dealing with trauma exposure.

The training will cover:

  • How to monitor how staff are holding up; building resilience in the face of undertaking very difficult stories
  • Monitoring colleagues and staff when covering traumatic events
  • Mitigating the impact of traumatic events
  • Newsroom planning and protocols before, during and after traumatic events.

Workshop leader: 

Cait McMahon OAM, PhD is a registered psychologist and the founding managing director of Dart Centre Asia Pacific since 2003. Dart Asia Pacific has its headquarters in Melbourne, Australia and holds trainings and other programs throughout the Asia Pacific region. McMahon has been interested in the nexus of journalism and trauma since working as staff counsellor at The Age newspaper in Melbourne in the mid 1980’s and 90’s. This interest pushed her to pursue postgraduate research on trauma exposed journalists in 1993 with subsequent publications. Her PhD focused on Australian trauma reporting journalists, post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic growth. Cait has received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), one of Australia’s highest civil accolades, for her work with journalists and trauma.

Established in 1999, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma provides resources, training and thought leadership on covering violence, tragedy and crisis. The Dart Center is recognized as a world leader in evidence-based trauma-awareness and support programs for journalists, as well as in advancing innovative, ethical reporting on survivors of traumatic events.

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Saturday 30 May 2020, from 09:00 am to 11:30 am (SG/HK time).

Up next in our N3 Digital Salon series:

  • Using Data to Find Impactful Coronavirus Stories and
  • Why Diversity Matters Now and What You Can Do About It

Want to find impactful stories about the coronavirus pandemic and bring in new readers? AAJA-Asia’s lead trainer, Kuek Ser Kuang Keng will show us the hidden stories in international Covid-19 datasets available publicly. He’ll also take us through some of the most impressive data journalism projects produced by Asia colleagues this year.

Before diving into Keng’s in-depth workshop, two special guests from the U.S. are joining us! We’ll be welcoming OpenNews’ Erika Owens and Sisi Wei on how news organizations can build communities focused on journalism & tech that are inclusive and support critical news projects.


09:00 – 10:00 – Why Diversity Matters Now and What You Can Do About It?

A conversation with OpenNews about  how to create a journalism industry that is not only more tech savvy but also more inclusive and equitable. Founded in 2011 by the Knight Foundation and the Mozilla Foundation, OpenNews connects a network of developers, designers, journalists, and editors to collaborate on open technologies and processes within journalism. We will also introduce the OpenNews’ Peer Data Review Program which provides support and coaching to journalists working on data journalism projects.


Sisi Wei is the Director of Programs at OpenNews, where she envisions and executes transformative initiatives to help create a journalism industry that is more inclusive and equitable, especially for journalists of color and local journalists. Previously, she was the Assistant Managing Editor at ProPublica, during which she edited and managed news apps, graphics, visual investigations and large, interdisciplinary projects. Sisi has won numerous Malofiej, SND Digital and ONA awards, the Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism, and the 2016 Data Journalism Award for Best Individual Portfolio. She has served as an adjunct professor at New York University, The New School and CUNY, and she is also the co-founder of Code with me, a high-impact, nonprofit workshop that teaches journalists how to code. (sisi@opennews.org)

Erika Owens is Director of OpenNews, where she convenes people and projects across journalism and technology to move the industry forward. Her adroit community work has been instrumental in establishing OpenNews as a leader in how to foster and sustain networks. Erika also serves on the board of the Movement Alliance Project (formerly Media Mobilizing Project) and has trained as a donor organizer through the Giving Project at Bread and Roses Community Fund. Previously, Erika was web editor at the Philadelphia Public School Notebook.


Zela Chin. An award-winning journalist, Zela is the principal reporter for the weekly, prime-time documentary program Pearl Magazine on TVB, the largest broadcaster in Hong Kong. Prior to launching Pearl Magazine, she was a reporter with TVB’s business feature program, Money Magazine. TVB shows reach 2.3 million households in the city, and over 300 million households worldwide. Zela started her career at CNN headquarters in the U.S. and later joined CNN in Hong Kong to produce Talk Asia. Highlights include interviews with Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, scientist Stephen Hawking and opera singer Luciano Pavarotti.

10:00 – 11:30 – Using Data to Find Impactful Coronavirus Stories

This workshop will introduce you to two of the most used international datasets on the pandemic (Our World in Data which combines the most important data from Europe’s CDC and John Hopkins University in the U.S.) – We’ll talk through the tips and tricks to navigate the data and errors to avoid.

We’ll also showcase the best data journalism projects done by Asia’s journalists in the past 3 months.


Kuek Ser Kuang Keng is an award-winning digital journalist cum trainer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is the founder of Data-N, a training program that helps journalists to integrate data journalism into daily reporting. Data-N has helped publications like Foreign Policy, BBC World Service, Mediacorp and Malaysiakini to enhance their storytelling with data, visual and interactive components. With the support of Google News Initiative, he has been conducting regular digital journalism workshops across the region since 2018. Keng is also the competition officer of Data Journalism Awards (2019) and Sigma Awards (2020), two international awards that recognize outstanding work in the field of data journalism worldwide.


How are journalists Covering and Coping with COVID-19 in Asia?

Date: Saturday 25 April, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm (SG/HK time).


10:00am – 11:20am – How are journalists Covering and Coping with COVID-19 in Asia? 

Journalist from various AAJA-Asia’s subchapters will share how they are living and working through the Covid-19 pandemic. What are the challenges they have met, the changes they have experienced, the lessons they have learnt?  


Motoko Rich is Tokyo bureau chief for The New York Times. She has been a reporter with The Times since 2003, and has covered a broad range of beats at the Times, including real estate (during a boom), the economy (during a bust), books and education. She started her journalism career at The Financial Times in London and worked at The Wall Street Journal for six years in Atlanta and New York. Ms. Rich, who grew up in New Jersey, Tokyo and Northern California, is a graduate of Yale University and Cambridge University.

Nicholas Yong, Assistant News Editor, Yahoo News. Nicholas has been working across print, broadcast and digital media for 12 years. He covers the general beat for Yahoo News Singapore, with a special interest in politics and long-form news features. He is also a published author and has written two works of fiction.

Ching-Ching Ni is editor-in-chief of the New York Times Chinese language website cn.nytimes.com, the newspaper’s first online edition in a foreign language. She started her journalism career at Newsday in New York and served for about a decade as China correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. Before becoming an editor she was associate dean and professor at the journalism school at Shantou University in southern China.

Grace Moon  is a freelance journalist and researcher based in Seoul, South Korea. She has written and recorded stories for the BBC, Public Radio International, NBC News, South China Morning Post, Food52, Dallas Morning News, Newsday and more. She’s also served as a fixer, researcher and translator for Radio-Canada, AJ+, UK’s Channel 4 and other media.


K. Oanh Ha is a senior reporter covering global business issues in Asia for Bloomberg. She’s currently based in Hong Kong. She joined the news organization in 2010 as Vietnam bureau chief and has also overseen the outlet’s coverage of consumer and healthcare news. Before joining Bloomberg, she worked as a host and reporter for KQED Public Radio in San Francisco on its nationally-syndicated program, Pacific Time, examining the connections between Asia, the U.S. and Asian American issues. She’s also reported for the San Jose Mercury News, covering Asia Pacific affairs, technology and small businesses.

11:30am – 12:30pm – How to Build and Strengthen Your Presence Online?

Tips and insights from Angie Lau, Editor-in-Chief, CEO, and Founder of Forkast.News.

Angie Lau is an award-winning veteran journalist and a respected thought leader in blockchain technology. Before founding Forkast in July 2018, Angie anchored Bloomberg TV’s flagship morning show “First Up with Angie Lau” broadcast globally into 350 million homes, offices and trading floors. Angie’s TED Talk “I Am Not Supposed to Be Here” is now a TED Ed Lesson for its global audience of 6.7 million followers.