Meet the Trainers

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The following are AAJA-Asia members trained by the Google News Initiative. Individual trainers have additional expertise for training in areas such as interactive graphics and data journalism, as well as tapping into digital resources in Asia and available US resources. They come from the various markets in Asia as we aim to expand the network. 

Cat Thomas is a freelance journalist and editor based in Taipei, Taiwan, covering a variety of beats including human rights and migrant labour. She has experience as a trainer and is keenly aware of how important it is to help journalists keep up to date/equip themselves with the skills to verify and fact check, especially in the rather fast moving area of digital tools.

Chloe Lim is a final-year student at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Chloe served as editorial assistant to AAJA-Asia’s N3Magazine and her work has been published in various media outlets. She has also recently interned at Forkast.News. Follow her on Twitter @chloelimjiahui.

Cho Yiu Joe Leung is an investigative journalist from “Hong Kong 01” for nearly 3 years. he also worked fo Oriental Daily and Sing Tao Daily before.


Estrelita C. Valderama is a part-time editor at VERA Files, a non-stock, non-profit independent media organization primarily engaged in investigative journalism and fact-checking. She writes an opinion column for both VERA Files and The Manila Times. She was training coordinator of The Manila Times College for almost eight years until November 30, 2019. She uses her nickname Tita in most of her news bylines. Before joining the Manila Times in January 2012, she was training director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), an independent, nonprofit media agency that specializes in investigative reporting. She was an associate member of the PCIJ executive board, and an alternate board member of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (Seapa).

Eunice Kim is a freelance broadcast journalist, with a decade of Korea coverage under her belt. Working with various news organizations including Al Jazeera, Reuters, TBS eFM and KBS, Eunice’s reports are broadcast via radio, TV and the web. The former AAJA-Asia board member launched her career as a local news reporter in California; she also served as editor at magazines under the Indonesian conglomerate MNC Group.

Gemini Cheng is now a freelance journalist based in Hong Kong. She started her career as a journalist in 2012, then joined investigative reporting team at Ming Pao and i-Cable news, and was a deputy editor at Initium Media. She is currently studying Laws in Human Rights at HKU.

Hazlina Abdul Halim is a Singaporean television presenter, journalist, news reader and radio announcer. Formerly an assignments editor at CNA, Hazlina managed reporters’ deployment and planned news coverage for major global & regional events including the Trump-Kim Summit, ASEAN Ministerial Meetings and Summits, Shangri-La Dialogue as well as Singapore’s General and Presidential Election. Previously Hazlina lectured in journalism, television, radio & broadcast studies at Temasek Polytechnic.

Holly Chik is a reporter covering China for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. She is also the co Vice President of AAJA’s Asia for Hong Kong. She previously served on the AAJA-Asia board as the student representative in 2019. She is a certified trainer of the AAJA-Asia Training Network

Jeanhee Kim is a veteran news and business journalist and editor. A contributing editor for Forbes Asia based in Singapore, she is a native New Yorker who worked at Crain’s New York Business–where she produced the 40 Under 40, Fast 50, and Most Powerful Women lists–and Money magazine. At Oxygen Media, she launched the late-but-great, a personal finance and career site for women.

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.

Mark ANGELES is a sub-editor at the South China Morning Post. Prior to the SCMP, Mark lived for four years in Yangon, Myanmar, where he started the first English-language broadsheet newspaper, The Trade Times, and then worked as a senior editor for The Global New Light of Myanmar, the country’s oldest daily newspaper. He is originally from Washington, DC.

Mike Tanapon Raomanachai is a freelance digital marketing specialist and a tech journalist. He has more than 7 years of experience in media and communication fields. Mike previously served as Asian American Journalists’ Association, Asia Chapter (AAJA-Asia)’s Vice President, representing Southeast Asia. He co-organized the chapter’s annual regional media conference “N3” as a programming and marketing co-chair. He was a board member of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT), the largest press club in Southeast Asia

Paul Sédille is a French journalist based in Hong Kong who has lived in China since 2011 and currently works as a reporter for HK01’s international desk. Paul previously worked as a video journalist, shooting stories from Beijing to Tehran and from Kurdistan to the Karakoram.

Rebecca Isjwara is a reporter with S&P Global Market Intelligence, covering banking and financial services in APAC. She currently serves as the secretary for the Asia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, where she champions journalism through workshops, events, and annual conferences. Rebecca graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In her free time, she loves to brew a good cup of coffee, delve into third culture literary works, and paint. She can be reached at @beckyisj on pretty much every social media because she is a millennial.

Regina Hing (Regina Lay) was the Head of News for and an anchor at Bloomberg TV Philippines, running a team of more than 2 dozen and overseeing the daily editorial agenda for the network. In the 3 years that the channel was on air, BTVPH successfully overtook its main competitor in business news, in terms of online viewership and engagement. When the channel folded in 2018, she took on freelance hosting and consulting gigs for a little while–including training newsrooms under the Google News Initiative program–and eventually co-founding an electric bike startup that aims to change the way people commute. Before joining Bloomberg TV Philippines, Regina was a Senior Producer/Evening Editor on the Business Desk at Channel NewsAsia in Singapore, helping produce the channel’s coverage of business and financial markets globally. She holds a Masters in Business and Economic Reporting from New York University.

Selina Cheng is a senior reporter at “Hong Kong Free Press” and previously worked as an investigative reporter at “Hong Kong 01”. Her investigative reports have won the “Excellence Award for Reporting on Women’s Issues” by the Asian Publishing Association, and have also been shortlisted for the “Excellent Investigative Reporting Award”. The films she produced have also won multiple awards in The Telly Awards in the United States. Selina graduated from the Philosophy Department of Sorbonne University in France and the School of Journalism at Columbia University in the United States.

Trinna LEONG (@trinnaleong) is a Malaysia correspondent for The Straits Times after working at The Malaysian Insider and Reuters. A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she has covered the two Malaysia Airlines accidents in 2014, the assassination of Kim Jong Nam – elder sibling of North Korea’s leader – along with the ups and downs of Malaysian politics culminating in the 2018 election that saw a six-decade coalition toppled from power.

Yoshikazu Mikami is a professor of journalism and media at Mejiro Uni. in Tokyo. His books include a biography of Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma and translations of Paul Krugman, a Nobel prize winner and a columnist for NYT. Mikami was previously a reporter for AFP, Reuters and Time Magazine in Tokyo and other parts of Asia; He was also a Journalism Fellow at J-School, Columbia University in New York. He recently was certified as a trainer by the Google News Initiative.

Yun Nam Chan is the Hong Kong correspondent for Radio Free Asia(Cantonese Service) since Oct 2020. He focuses on investigative reporting. I worked in Chinese language media HK01 and Oriental Daily before. Chan shared his investigation experience as a guest speaker for the AAJA N3Con 2019. He have won a number of awards including SOPA and CUHK Journalism Awards.

Yuri Nagano has been reporting from California and Tokyo for the last two decades. She has been a reporter, producer and editor in print and broadcast for news organizations including the Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, International New York Times, a Financial Times-related publication, Bloomberg BNA, The Economist, public broadcaster KQED and Public Radio International. She started her career as a staff producer for Japan’s public broadcasting network NHK, where she won awards for her TV programs.

Gavin Huang is the editor of Goldthread, a digital culture publication under the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He was previously an editor at the Korea JoongAng Daily, the partner paper of The New York Times in Seoul, South Korea.



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