AAJA-Asia Digital N3 Salons: Learn to Cover and Cope with COVID-19 in Asia. Online Forum, Sat 25 Apr 10am

AAJA-Asia is organising Digital N3 Salons on this Saturday, 25th April 2020 held from 10am to 12.30pm. 

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.

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.

Nicholas Yong is Assistant News Editor at 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.


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.

This is a session specially tailored to the needs of journalists working in the Asia Pacific region. Please check the programme here (featuring journalists from the NYT, Yahoo News, Bloomberg as well as freelancers and new media entrepreneurs). https://www.n3con.com/2020/digital-n3-salons/

Sign up here to attend the event. 


The fully online community discussion and training will focus on the theme “Covering and Coping with COVID-19 in Asia”. Hope you participate and benefit from this sharing and learning online session organised by our Partner AAJA-Asia. 


Janet Wee

General Manager

SPC recommends: Wild rice Theatre local plays and Wildlife viewing free online

1) Wild rice Theatre local plays and

2) viewing Wildlife “live” safari drives through The Kruger National Park in South Africa 

Hope you’ve been enjoying our recommendations of arts and culture programmes playing online. With an extension of Circuit Breaker till 1 June 2020, here’s shows that you can enjoy from home. 

1) Wild rice theatre to screen 3 local plays for free every friday, start this friday 24 Apr 2020. Schedule is here. first one is Emily of Emerald Hill (played  by Margaret Chan), than 1 May is Supervision & final play on 8 May is Monkey Goes West (hilarious-great for kids) Go to this link and enjoyhttps://www.wildrice.com.sg/learning/entertaining-audiences/

2) Great news for children and wildlife enthusiasts! The Kruger National Park in South Africa is doing 2 safari drives a day, which you can watch *live* on YouTube. Morning drive is 5.30-8.30am and afternoon drive is 3.30-6.30pm. 
_*11:30 am and 9.30 pm Singapore time*_It’s very interesting and informative, and questions pop up and are answered by the game rangers. It’s really lovely to watch. 


*Stay at your homes and enjoy live safari and interact*

Enjoy. Stay home. Stay Safe. 

Best Regards

Janet Wee

General Manager

SPC News on 1) MediaTrends & 2)Funding available for media companies and professionals during Covid-19

These are uncertain times. We have curated some reading materials from reliable news sources available for you to sign up for free newsletters or just click and read. We have also compiled a number of funding schemes available for freelancers, journalists and organisations looking to create innovative community news making projects, or just to help fact-checking.  Hope the links below are helpful.
You can sign up for free to read newsletter published by Wan-Ifra with information on news publishing around the world: http://newsletters.wan-ifra.org/

Here’s the fortnightly World Editors Forum newsletter: 

New Trends in Newsrooms report: Amplifying Women’s Voices

Apr 8 Cherilyn Ireton, Executive Director, World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA:https://blog.wan-ifra.org/2020/04/08/new-trends-in-newsrooms-report-amplifying-women-s-voices

A resource curated by women Journalism.org is an interesting map tracking women journalists covering Covid-19. Women journalists here can add themselves to that map too:https://womeninjournalism.org/covid19

Racism, misinformation, inclusion: How to ethically cover COVID-19

Three editors on the frontline of covering the COVID-19 pandemic joined Fergus Bell, CEO of fathm, in a WAN-IFRA webinar share insights into how to improve the quality of coverage and distance journalism from the sea of misinformation:

Apr 6    WAN-IFRAhttps://blog.wan-ifra.org/2020/04/06/racism-misinformation-inclusion-how-to-ethically-cover-covid-19

FUNDING Journalism Emergency Funds Around the World Apr 16 Written By Vincent Peyrègnehttps://coronanewsroom.org/stories/journalism-emergency-funds-around-the-world

Google launched a global journalism emergency relief fund to help small- and mid-sized newsrooms around the world. There’s no mention of fund size or grant size. There’s an emphasis on speed – Google will process applications on a rolling basis ahead of the April 29th deadline. https://newsinitiative.withgoogle.com/journalism-emergency-relief-fund/

The Institute for War & Peace Reporting has financial support available for Southeast Asia organisations and journos to quickly design, test, and launch covid-related projects. Programs could include Fact-checking, Participatory virtual projects (i.e. virtual COVID-19 hackathons and community- driven documentations); Reporting on COVID-19 to promote accurate information and the identification of misinformation and disinformation; Radio programs;Virtual newsroom mentoring to improve reportage of COVID-19 from different perspectives (community or specific sector; country; region); Knowledge-sharing sessions around COVID-19 and its aftermath; Other projects that support the key goals of fighting disinformation, misinformation and rumor around COVID-19 in local communities. Award ceiling up to $10,000. Applications should be submitted via e-mail by Noon EST April 30, 2020 to: SEA@iwpr.net IWPR will confirm receipt of all proposals and their eligibility. More details of eligibility check out this link.https://iwpr.net/engage/nofo-strengthening-resilience-building-skills-sea?\Singapore put together measures to help media production professionals and freelancers.
Some of that support will go into video and film production. Grants are provided to help media practitioners affected by cancelled and postponed projects. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-coronavirus-imda-initiatives-media-sector-12640048?

We will continue to comb the media news world and provide curated information of importance to professionals in the media and corporate world. Till the next one, have a safe and good week ahead. 
Janet Wee General Manager

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Free Webinars 1) Effective use of Social Commerce for Business 2) Opportunities for Freelancers

Here are 2 free Webinars that you may find useful to attend. Just register and hop online to learn

Effective Use of Social Commerce & Livestreaming for Your Business, Webinar on Mon, 20 Apr, 8pm

Presented by: Jeremy Lai – Performance Marketer, Founder of DMC and Ethan Ang – Enterpreneur
The organiser intends to reveal during this webinar, how social commerce can be applied for your business amidst the coronavirus storm, be it B2B or B2C.

Live streamers brought in 65M GMV for Taobao on Single’s Day 2019. In fact, it has become a formidable enabler for ecommerce sales and thought leadership in China, who is leading this practice globally, with proof of its pudding. Want to know more, sign up for this free webinar at https://pageone.lpages.co/social-commerce-revealed/

Low-Res 3: FREELANCERS Webinar session by Splice on April 22 at SG time 4pm

This webinar focuses on the freelancing industry to better understand the covid-related challenges for freelancers – and the opportunities. They have lined up Kirsten Han, Jeannette Goon, Erin Cook, and Norman Chella. All four have done amazing work launching new products, workflows, and pitches in the past two months – good examples of finding new opportunities in this time of covid.
Join free by clicking this link https://splicelowres.com/

Enjoy online learning.
Janet Wee
General Manager
Singapore Press Club

Singapore Press Club recommends: The Phantom of the Opera will be streaming free online from UK 7pm

Dear members

The Phantom of the Opera will be the next Andrew Lloyd Webber musical to be streamed online for free as part of The Shows Must Go On Series.

It is the latest production announced as part of the initiative to make shows from Lloyd Webber’s back catalogue available to home audiences while London’s theatres are closed.

The broadcast will be of a special version of the show recorded for its 25th anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011, starring Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine. The unique staging of the show featured a cast and orchestra of over 200, and a number of special guest appearances.

It will be available to watch on The Shows Must Go On  YouTube channel from 7pm on Friday 17 April and UK audiences will have 24 hours to watch the production (Singapore time is from 2am 18 April 2020).

Youtube channel link :https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmPjhKMaXNNeCr1FjuMvag/featured
If you love Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, don’t miss this opportunity to catch it from the comfort of your home.

Check out this link for more details.

Enjoy and stay safe. Have a good weekend.


Janet Wee
General Manager

The Press Club recommends: A selection of top shows, musicals & museum tours you can view online

Dear Friends of Singapore Press Club

If you love theatrical productions and art, you can feast on a selection of the top shows and collections free without leaving your home.

Arts Groups around the world are opening up their archives while theatres and museums are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Andrew Lloyd Webber is making available his full-length, smash-hit musicals once a week. You’ll have access to a new musical every Friday at 7pm BST (Singapore is currently 7 hours ahead), and each production can be viewed for 48 hours.

The line-up can be found on the Youtube channel of The Shows Must Go Onhttps://www.youtube.com/theshowsmustgoon

UK National Theatre:

From comedies to classics, the National Theatre is screening one show live every week. Streaming starts on Thursdays at 7pm BST (Singapore is currently 7 hours ahead) and remains available on demand for seven days.

Visit the website of National Theatre At Home for the line-up: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home

Louvre Museum:

During France’s coronavirus lockdown, The Louvre is offering free viewing of concerts filmed in its Auditorium. Go to the museum’s Youtube channel:

For art collections, check out its website: https://www.louvre.fr/en

Singapore National Gallery:

The National Gallery is offering its #GalleryAnywhere experience which you can enjoy right where you are. Besides digital artworks, you can have access to behind-the-scenes stories, podcasts and virtual tours. Here’s the link: https://www.nationalgallery.sg/advisory

Nine Years Theatre 九年剧场:

While Singapore’s “Circuit Breaker” is on, local Mandarin theatre company Nine Years Theatre is offering free viewing of its past productions. Every Thursday, you will find a new show (Mandarin with English subtitles) on its Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiqF4XZkqEFfEkKg_cXRh_Q. Each recording is available for a week.

Stay connected to the Arts while you stay safe at home!

Warm regards,

Carol Foo
Asst Hon Secretary