AAJA-Asia Podcast
The Digital News Mindset - Esther Ng

The Digital News Mindset - Esther Ng

September 3, 2020
Welcome back to the new podcast series from the Asia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association! AAJA is a community of journalists, academics, entrepreneurs, and students across the world who are committed to advancing diversity in the news industry and promoting the highest standards of journalism.
 
Each year AAJA-Asia holds its annual New.Now.Next Media conference - N3Con - to bring together members from across Asia. The theme for our virtual conference this year is #TheNewFrontlines, covering the pivotal events unfolding across the world - global pandemic, global protest, global recession, and ongoing geopolitical competition. Although the conference has just ended, we will continue to bring thematic and informative panels via our Digital N3 Salons.
 
Coinciding with this year's conference, we're publishing this series of interviews, featuring working journalists and news leaders, with an emphasis on diversity.
 
In this episode, we talk to Esther Ng, the first chief content officer for Malaysia's Star Media Group. In this episode, we discuss how she transformed the print publication into a digital-first outlet by changing the editorial team structures, overseeing both digital and print content, and taking charge of the editorial direction of the whole publication.

 
We hope you enjoy the podcast and the series. Please let us know what you think. Reach out to us at aajaasiapodcast@gmail.com. If you like what you hear, please remember - sharing is caring.
 
Also, please consider becoming a member of AAJA. The organization is all the stronger with your support and participation.
 
Thank you, and stay safe.
 
Press Freedom in Singapore - PN Balji

Press Freedom in Singapore - PN Balji

August 25, 2020
Welcome back to the new podcast series from the Asia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association! AAJA is a community of journalists, academics, entrepreneurs, and students across the world who are committed to advancing diversity in the news industry and promoting the highest standards of journalism.
 
Each year AAJA-Asia holds its annual New.Now.Next Media conference - N3Con - to bring together members from across Asia. The theme for our virtual conference this year is #TheNewFrontlines, covering the pivotal events unfolding across the world - global pandemic, global protest, global recession, and ongoing geopolitical competition. Check out the full conference schedule here. The action starts on 27 August with newsroom tours, and panel discussions start the next day.
 
To lead up to this year's conference, we're publishing this series of interviews, featuring working journalists and news leaders, with an emphasis on diversity.
 
In this episode, we talk to PN Balji, a long-time, top-level newspaper editor in the city-state of Singapore. We discuss:
  • The distinction between press freedom and press responsibility
  • The "OB" (out of bounds) markers in Singapore and taking calculated risks
  • The cultural difference between eastern and western media - and its limits
  • The perils of self-censorship
We hope you enjoy the podcast and the series. Please let us know what you think. Reach out to us at aajaasiapodcast@gmail.com. If you like what you hear, please remember - sharing is caring.
 
Also, please consider becoming a member of AAJA. The organization is all the stronger with your support and participation.
 
Thank you, and stay safe.
Leaning into Change - Angie Lau

Leaning into Change - Angie Lau

August 15, 2020
Welcome back to the new podcast series from the Asia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association! AAJA is a community of journalists, academics, entrepreneurs, and students across the world who are committed to advancing diversity in the news industry and promoting the highest standards of journalism.
 
Each year AAJA-Asia holds its annual New.Now.Next Media conference - N3Con - to bring together members from across Asia. Our virtual conference theme this year is #TheNewFrontlines, shining a light on the pivotal events unfolding in the world - global pandemic, global protest, global recession, and the ongoing geopolitical competition. Check out the full conference schedule here. The action starts on 27 August with newsroom tours, and panel discussions start the next day.
 
To lead up to this year's conference, we're publishing this series of interviews, featuring working journalists and news leaders, with an emphasis on diversity.
 
In this episode, we talk to Angie Lau, founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Forkast.News. She touches on:
  • How she got into journalism
  • How she formed and leads a decentralized newsroom
  • The need to elevate yourself and to lean into change
  • The role AAJA has played throughout her career (she is an immediate past president of the chapter)
We hope you enjoy the podcast and the series. Please let us know what you think. Reach out to us at aajaasiapodcast@gmail.com. If you like what you hear, please remember - sharing is caring.
 
Also, please consider becoming a member of AAJA. After listening to this episode, you know you'll want to.
An Unexpected Path to Journalism and the New York Times - Ching-Ching Ni

An Unexpected Path to Journalism and the New York Times - Ching-Ching Ni

August 13, 2020
Welcome to the second episode of the new podcast series from the Asia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association! AAJA is a community of journalists, academics, entrepreneurs, and students across the world who are committed to advancing diversity in the news industry and promoting the highest standards of journalism.
 
Each year AAJA-Asia holds its annual New.Now.Next conference - N3Con - to bring together members from across Asia. This year is special in two ways. One, it's our tenth anniversary! Two, we're going virtual due to covid-19. Even so, the line-up is as strong as ever. This year's theme is #TheNewFrontlines, due to the many dramatic events unfolding in the world - global pandemic, global protest, global recession, and the ongoing geopolitical competition between China and the US. Check out the full conference schedule here. The action starts on 27 August with newsroom tours, and panel discussions start the next day.
 
To lead up to this year's conference, we're publishing this series of interviews, featuring working journalists and news leaders, with an emphasis on diversity.
 
In this episode, we talk to Ching-Ching Ni, editor-in-chief of the Chinese language edition of the New York Times. We hear about:
  • How her career got an unexpected start
  • The importance of people along the way
  • The need to make your own opportunities
  • The challenges women face as journalists, particularly in Asia
  • The role AAJA has played throughout her career
We hope you enjoy the podcast and the series. Please let us know what you think. Reach out to us at aajaasiapodcast@gmail.com. If you like what you hear, please remember - sharing is caring.
 
Also, please consider becoming a member of AAJA. After listening to this episode, you know you'll want to.
 
Thanks!
 
N3Con Is Coming - Ramy Inocencio, CBS News

N3Con Is Coming - Ramy Inocencio, CBS News

August 8, 2020
Welcome to the first episode of a new podcast series from the Asia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association! AAJA is a community of journalists, academics, entrepreneurs and students across the world who are committed to advancing diversity in the news industry and promoting the highest standards of journalism.
 
Each year the Asia chapter holds its annual New.Now.Next conference - N3Con - to bring together members from across Asia. This year is special in two ways. One, it's our tenth anniversary! Two, we're going virtual due to covid-19. Even so, the line-up of speakers and events is as strong as ever. This year's theme is #TheNewFrontlines, due to the many dramatic events unfolding in the world - global pandemic, global protest, global recession, and the ongoing geopolitical competition between China and the US. Check out the full conference schedule here. The action starts on 27 August with newsroom tours, and panel discussions start the next day.
 
To lead up to this year's conference, we're publishing this series of interviews, featuring working journalists and news leaders, with an emphasis on diversity.
 
To start this series, we talked to a reporter who’s been navigating all of these new frontlines. Ramy Inocencio is the Asia correspondent for CBS News and a former president of AAJA-Asia. His eventful first year with CBS included everthing we've mentioned so far, plus natural disasters like volcanoes and typhoons. 
 
We hope you enjoy the podcast and the series. Let us know what you think. Reach out to us at aajaasiapodcast@gmail.com
 
Also, please consider becoming a member of AAJA. Give the show a listen to hear Ramy describe the benefits of joining this active and supportive group of journalists. 
 
Thanks!

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