New.Now.Next Media Conference | Seoul, May 22-24


Panels & Workshops


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Opening Reception @ Google Korea

Kick off N3CON in style with a discussion on using YouTube for newsrooms. Friday, May 22nd at 7PM

How to Report on North Korea

A discussion on the challenges of covering one of the most closed and unpredictable nations in the world.

State Media: Government Mouthpieces?

Where does one draw the line between propaganda and journalistic integrity? How does working at a government outlet affect one’s career? A discussion on state-run media in Asia.

Data Journalism & Best Practices

With more digital data sources available than ever before, crafting a powerful story out of data can be a rewarding endeavor… if you know where to look.

Future of Digital Content

Which newsrooms will survive in a future where content will be made for online distribution? As lines blur between content makers and journalists how do you navigate this new terrain?

Asia Startup Boom

What makes the startup landscape in Asia unique? And what do journalists need to know about the tech ecosystem to create accurate and compelling coverage of this epicenter of global growth?

What’s Your Social Strategy?

In this era, not only do organizations have to develop a digital social network strategy, individual journalists must maintain their online presence. How do you develop your own SNS brand and which tools do you use that are most effective?

Media Freedom Under Attack

As stories and coverage cross borders via digital platforms, how have traditional powers clamped down on media freedom? Find out how journalists are exposed to new liabilities, pressures and threats in a new digital media age. What are the strategies to protect one’s integrity and livelihood?

Women & Leadership in Journalism

As a woman in the newsroom, how does one transition from a new recruit to a position holding great authority? What mistakes based on the male path towards success should be avoided along the way? Find out how others have broken through mixed messages on gender to find freedom to discover your own leadership strengths.

Covering K-pop and the Korean Wave

Fans across the world have been captivated by Korean music, movies, tv shows, celebrities food and fashion. How does one bring a fresh angle to the so-called ‘Korean Wave’ story line? How do you secure great interviews and get access to the oftentimes barricaded world of the Korean entertainment industry?

Deep Dive: Digital Media Skills Workshop

A series of three hands-on workshops offering peer-to-peer training in digital media skills to help you stay competitive in the digital newsroom. 1) Human-centered design, 2) Video Journalism and 3) Mixed Media Storytelling

Diversity in Asia

What does diversity mean in Asia? How do cultures collide and collaborate in newsrooms across the region? How does a foreign correspondent navigate culture shock? How does life as a long-term expat journalist change your perceptions of diversity?

Job Hunting Do’s and Don’ts

The career landscape is evolving, and the job search is evolving along with it. Personal brand, social media, digital footprint – what does it all mean? We’ll teach you how to stand out — online, in print and in person.

Gravitas: Elevate Your Presence to Success

A special leadership workshop from LEAP, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics.

Resume Doctor

For members only, schedule a one-on-one session with one of our senior AAJA members who will serve as your own personal resume doctor!

AAJA-Google Digital Journalism Award

In partnership with the award’s sponsor Google, AAJA is looking for the best and brightest work that tells the continuing story and issues of how our society continues to evolve in the physical and digital world.

Korean Cooking Class

Have a taste of Korea during the N3con weekend! A professional chef will guide you through the Korean market and have your mouth filled with delicious Korean food. Limit to 4 participants!

DMZ Tour

Visit the most heavily guarded border in the world, the Korean DMZ. The 2.5 mile-wide and 160 mile-long border divides the peninsula into North Korea and South Korea. As a participant of N3Con 2015 Seoul, we hope you take advantage of this rare opportunity.

Newsroom Tour

Limited to a group of 10 people, get to meet the bureau chiefs and staff of the top news making agencies in South Korea! Sign up through Eventbrite. Free to conference registrants.

Restaurant Recommendations

Need some recommendations on where to eat? We’ve compiled the following list for you! Feel free to explore the wonderful food here in Korea!

LOCATION | D.Camp in Gangnam-gu

Speakers & Moderators

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Angie Lau

Lead Anchor, Bloomberg TV in Hong Kong
Angie Lau is an anchor for Bloomberg Television. Based in Hong Kong, Angie hosts First Up, which begins live daily coverage out of Asia, leading viewers into the start of the business day. A global journalist with more than 16 years’ experience, she also serves as a co-president at AAJA-Asia chapter.
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Hyeonseo Lee

Hyeonseo Lee is a North Korean defector living in Seoul, South Korea. She has recently completed writing her memoir, The Girl With Seven Names, which will be published in July 2015 in more than 20 countries. Over 5 million people have viewed her TED Talk about her life in North Korea, her escape and struggles for freedom with her family.
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Steve Herman

Southeast Asia Bureau Chief, Voice of America
A veteran journalist in Asia, Steven L Herman is the Voice of America bureau chief and correspondent based in Bangkok. Prior to taking his post in Thailand, Steve was stationed in Seoul. Steve served more than three years as VOA’s South Asia bureau chief based in New Delhi, India.
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Paul Cheung

Director of Interactive and Digital News Production, Associated Press
At the AP, Paul Cheung manages a global team of visual journalists who produce multimedia and information graphics for all formats, including print, online and mobile.Cheung is the president of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA). He served on the board since 2008.
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Se-Woong Koo

Editor-in-Chief, Korea Exposé
Se-Woong is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Korea Exposé. Korea Exposé is “showing Korea as it really is” — to speak to a global audience about the two Koreas in a way that goes beyond the superficial analysis. His writings have been featured in numerous publications, including Foreign Policy and The New York Times.
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Sean Lim

Vice-President, AAJA-Asia Seoul
Sean Lim is a freelance broadcast journalist. Most recently he anchored Prime Time News and Late Night Edition for Arirang News in Seoul. He also hosted the TV talk show After 10 and has had years of experience in radio. Sean graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in International Relations and M.A. in Sociology.
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Toshi Maeda

CEO & Executive producer Pacific Bridge Media & Consulting (PBMC)
Toshi Maeda has more than 15 years of experience including Print and Broadcast at The Japan Times, Associated Press and Reuters TV. He now aims of pursuing independent journalism and sharing his expertise in international communications with groups and corporations looking for cross-border partnerships.
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Martyn Williams

Senior Correspondent, IDG News Service
Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, security, Silicon Valley, and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco. Williams’ Twitter coverage of the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan earned him a place on Time Magazine’s “140 Best Twitter Feeds.”
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Zela Chin

Senior Reporter/Producer, Money Magazine, TVB Pearl
Zela Chin is the senior reporter/producer for Hong Kong’s flagship broadcaster, TVB. She started her journalism career at CNN headquarters in Atlanta where she produced shows for CNN International. She secured interviews with guests such as Disney CEO Bob Iger and scientist Stephen Hawking.
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Luke Cleary

Anchor, News Today of KBS World
Luke Cleary is a multimedia journalist based in Seoul. Since 2013, he has anchored the daily program, “News Today” on KBS World in Seoul, Korea. He also appears as a weekly contributor speaking Korean on the domestic KBS 2TV program “Morning News Time” (), offering a foreign journalist’s take on current affairs in Korea.
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Sabrina Park

Executive and Life Coach, Sabrina Coaching Institute
Sabrina started her coaching career in 2005 with European company ‘Swiss-Asia HR consulting Korea’ as the title of Head. Before coaching, she had variety of careers in the business, such as marketing, flight attendant of KLM, opera organizer, reporter at broadcasting system and etc
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Chanju Kim

Seoul Reporter, NHK World
Chanju Kim is a journalist working mainly for NHK World and other various multimedia. She has actively reported various issues surrounding Korea on Arirang TV and hosted current events program on Arirang Radio as well as contributing on English-language media based in Seoul.
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Allen Cheng

Asia Bureau Chief, Institutional Investor
Allan Cheng is also the managing director of II Magazine Group in Asia and editor-in-chief of . Cheng has more than 24 years of journalism experience covering business, finance and politics in the U.S. and Asia. Cheng co-founded AAJA-Asia in 1997 and has been a member of AAJA since 1985.
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Vanessa Schneider

Program Manager, Google
Vanessa has been with Google for more than four years, most recently as the Geo Media Program Manager, helping journalists around the world tell stories with Google Maps and Google Earth. Before joining Google, Vanessa worked at The New York Times, Time Inc., and a New York startup Hot Potato, acquired by Facebook in 2010.
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Yeon Ju Lee

Head of CJ E&M Style Studio
Yeon Ju manages CJ E&M Style Studio to produce premium digital lifestyle contents dedicated to beauty, fashion, food, entertainment and web dramas. Prior to joining the Style Studio, responsible for Marketing & PR for O’live food channel within CJ and also worked for ELLE Korea magazine.
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Jason Strother

Freelance multimedia journalist
Jason Strother is a freelance multimedia journalist who’s been based in Seoul since 2006. He covers a wide range of issues from North Korean nukes to South Korean pop culture. His works appear in the Wall Street Journal, NPR, VOA and Monocle magazine.
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Brian Fowler

Managing Editor in Korea and Japan, Bloomberg
Brian Fowler is the Japan and Korea Managing Editor for Bloomberg News, overseeing more than 130 reporters, editors and managers in the region. Fowler joined Bloomberg in 2008 in Tokyo, coordinating regional news coverage for Japan and Korea.
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Doug Crets

Managing Editor,
Doug Crets also works with the Hong Kong University Journalism and Media Studies Centre, developing its international program segments. Doug created Microsoft’s global social media marketing strategy for developers and entrepreneurs and hosted a year long web tv series about founders and their struggles called The BizSpark Show.
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Sam Kim

Reporter, Bloomberg News
Since 2013, Sam Kim is the reporter covering politics in South Korea. Prior to joining Bloomberg, he has covered news at the Associated Press and Yonhap News Agency.
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Kurt Achin

Video Journalist
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Ching-Ching Ni

Editor-in-chief, New York Times Chinese website
Ching-Ching oversees the Chinese-language website of The New York Times and Chinese Monthly, a new magazine presenting various content from the Times in simplified Chinese for audiences in Hong Kong and Macau. She also served for about a decade as a Bureau Chief and a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.
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John Power

Freelance Journalist
John Power is an Irish journalist based in Seoul, South Korea since 2010. He has written about the Korean Peninsula for outlets including The Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Mail, The Diplomat, NK News, Asian Geographic, The Korea Herald, UCA News and Groove Magazine.
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Iain Martin

Asia Editor, Storyful
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Tony Munroe

Korea bureau chief, Reuters
Munroe oversees the multimedia news operation in Seoul that covers everything from North Korea to global technology powerhouse Samsung. He has worked in Asia for Reuters for 15 years, including previous posts as Mumbai bureau chief and as head of Asia financial services coverages.
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James Jung

Founder and CEO, beSUCCESS
James Jung has several years of experience at Korea Telecom with various business departments including sales, HR, marketing, corporate strategy and global PR.
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Kim Kwang-tae

Staff writer, Yonhap News Agency
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Lina Kwon

Reporter, Arirang TV
Lina is an entertainment reporter at the “star lounge” of Showbiz Korea at Arirang TV. The show features numerous K-pop stars and have an in-depth interview to give a thorough coverage of a celebrity.
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Eugene Kim

Principal, Sparklabs
Eugene is currently a Principal of Sparklabs and manages the day –to-day operations of the Sparklabs accelerator program. Eugene had served as a Director of Global Business Development at Tencent Korea. He was responsible for Tencent’s global publishing network.
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Isaac Ho

Founder and Managing Partner, Singapore Health Tech (SHT) ,
Isaac Ho is the founder and Managing Partner of Singapore Health Tech (SHT) which focuses on investments in special opportunities and start-ups. It is a subsidiary under Isaac’s family office, Singapore Health Holdings (SHH), which provides services in the three primary areas of wealth management, lifestyle investments and social contributions.
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Grace Chng

Senior Tech Correspondent, The Straits Times
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Cheng Kuowei

Co-founder and Editor in Chief, PanSci Knowledge
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Emma Kalka

Freelance K-music journalist
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Sharon Chan

Director of Journalism Initiatives, Seattle Times
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Youkyung Lee

Technology and Business Writer, Associated Press
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Tang Xin

Seoul Correspondent , China Central Television
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Kim Heung Kwang

CEO, North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity
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Ken Moritsugu

Tokyo Bureau Chief, Associated Press
Ken was appointed Tokyo bureau chief for The Associated Press in 2014. He has also worked at The Japan Times, the St. Petersburg Times, Newsday and the Knight Ridder Washington Bureau. He is a past president of the Asia and the New York chapters of AAJA, and also served as AAJA national vice president for print.
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Ted Anthony

Asia-Pacific News Director, Associated Press
Ted Anthony, Asia-Pacific News Director at The Associated Press and part of the organization’s global news leadership team, has reported from more than 20 countries and 47 U.S. states. Anthony was the founding editor of asap, a multimedia news service within AP that focused on unusual storytelling.
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Elise Hu

Seoul Correspondent, NPR
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William Chang

Internship Coordinator, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, HKU
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Eric Talmadge

Pyongyang Bureau Chief, Associated Press


Thank you to our AAJA supporters and friends.

Organized by the nonprofit Asia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the New.Now.Next annual journalism conference aims to: help experienced journalists hone their craft and brush up on new media skills; nurture new journalists and help them attain the skills they need to succeed; foster communication and interaction between foreign journalists and their local counterparts; delve deeper into the biggest stories in Asia with experts and journalists who cover them; and become a platform for open discussion and a sharing of ideas on the challenges of working in Asia.