Winners of the N3ConU 2023 Mentorship Program Announced

The Asian American Journalists Association’s Asia Chapter (AAJA-Asia) is pleased to announce the winners of its N3COnU Mentorship Program. Launched for the first time this year, the program is an opportunity for students to develop reporting skills under the mentorship of industry professionals. 22 students from 10 different Asian countries, from Pakistan and Nepal to South Korea or Singapore, were selected out of 125 applications to join the program. 15 professional journalists mentored them to write stories covering the journalism industry and underrepresented communities in the Asia-Pacific region. A panel of seven journalists then selected the five top stories written by the students.

The Winners are… 

  • Seungku Lee, Seoul National University (South Korea), for the article “Islamophobia Spikes in South Korea as Locals Protest Mosque Construction”
  • Charlotte Kwan, The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), for the article “Hong Kong’s Ethnic Minorities Continue to Face Racial Discrimination”
  • Leesha K Nair, St Pauls College (India), for the article “The Water Advantage: How the distribution of water in Port Blair differentiates the Elites from the common man”
  • Elena Tay, Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore), for the article “Breaking the Binary”
  • Shauna Tan, National University of Singapore (Singapore), for the article “Journalists Should Be Alarmed by the Big Tech layoffs. Here’s Why”

Congratulations to these young, aspiring journalists for their hard work! The winning articles are all published on a dedicated section of AAJA-Asia’s New.Now.Next Media Conference’s website, N3Con 2023, titled N3Stories. Articles covering diversity issues have also been published on AAJA-Asia’s Advancing News Diversity in Asia (ANDA) website.

Thank you to the N3ConU mentors

AAJA-Asia is grateful to the news professionals who volunteered their time to coach the 22 students who took part in the program. Without their generous pro bono support and passion for fostering the next generation of journalists, this program would not have been possible. Our warmest thanks to:

  • Abhishek Marla, Customer Success Manager and Channel Partner, Chartbeat (Singapore)
  • Ankita Anand, Editor, Unbias the News (India)
  • Brolley Genster, Staff Reporter, The New York Times (South Korea)
  • Cat Thomas, Freelance Journalist (Taiwan)
  • Jagdishor Panday, Deputy Chief Sub-editor, Kantipur Daily (Nepal)
  • Jay Ganglani, Reporter & Sub-editor, The Standard (Hong Kong)
  • Joydeep Dasgupta, Managing Editor, NewsSense (India)
  • Ma. Victoria Conde, Writing Contributor, Mongabay (Philippines)
  • Mike Raomanachai, News Lab Teaching Fellow, Google (Thailand)
  • Nicholas Yong, Senior journalist, BBC News Online (Singapore)
  • Nisar Ali, Freelance journalist, Arab News (Pakistan)
  • Prime Sarmiento, Correspondent, China Daily (Hong Kong)
  • Qadaruddin Shishir, Fact Check Editor, AFP news agency (Bangladesh)
  • Roy Barbosa, Correspondent, Manila Today (Philippines)
  • Subel Bhandari, Roving Correspondent, Radio Free Asia (Thailand)

Beyond the five winning articles, the above mentors coached more than 20 students from all over Asia and guided them in the writing produce full-length articles on tech innovation in journalism, environmental issues and underrepresented communities. While we were not able to publish all their articles, AAJA-Asia would like to thank and congratulate all the students who took part in the program:  Nayeema Bushra, Dhaka University; Hei Tung Kwan, University of Hong Kong; Kriti Gandhi, University of Hong Kong; Andee Simone Capellan, The University of Hong Kong, JMSC; Anamika Satheesh N/A (Student on gap year); Avni Bohra, Christ University; Samapika Gautam, Tribhuvan University; Kinjal Basnet Sainik Awasiya Mahavidyalaya; Kevin Angelo Ortiz, Cavite State University; Marjorie Pelayo, University of the Philippines Open University; Chengzhi (承致) Zheng,  National University of Singapore; Nur Syafina Binte Imran, Ngee Ann Polytechnic; Alisha Aziz Dhanani, Yonsei University; Tehreem Azeem Communication, University of China; Syed Hasnain Akber, National Defence University; Srinidhi Ragavendran, Nanyang Technological University, Wee Kim Wee School Of Communication and Information.

Under the leadership of its Student Representatives, AAJA-Asia offers specific programs for students with an interest in journalism based in the Asia Pacific region all year round. The next scheduled event will be an online workshop on Digital Tools for Reporting, on Saturday 22 July, 2023.

About AAJA-Asia

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a nonprofit educational and professional organization with more than 1,500 members across the U.S. and Asia. The Asia chapter of AAJA represents members across the Asia-Pacific region. It is a diverse, multi-ethnic community of local and international journalists and media professionals committed to supporting a vibrant press in the Asia-Pacific region. We are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in media organizations, providing training opportunities to members, supporting students interested in journalism and advocating for fair media access.