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The IJAsia14 Keynote: Speaking Truth to Power Is an Asian Value

(Editor’s Note: Here’s the keynote address that left 300 journalists from 33 countries buzzing at Uncovering Asia: The First Asian Investigative Journalism Conference. The speech was delivered on November 24, 2014, in Manila, Philippines.)
Twenty-five years ago, the term “investigative reporting” was little known in Asia. The media landscape was dominated by pliant newspapers, insipid TV news programs, and journalists who saw themselves as mouthpieces of government. Today journalists throughout Asia are using freedom-of-information laws, data analysis, social media, collaborative tools, and the latest in digital technology. They are writing about corruption, human slavery, dirty money, and environmental problems.

We’ve come a long way. Continue Reading →

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Why We’re Heading to Asia

Why are we heading to Asia? That’s easy. It’s where most of humanity lives, and the demand for quality investigative reporting is enormous. More than 4.3 billion people call Asia home – that’s 60% of the global population. It has the world’s second and third largest economies, and its share of global GDP is expected to double. But the region is also among the weakest links in an emerging global community of investigative journalists. Continue Reading →

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Sneak Peak at Conference Program

Uncovering Asia is bringing together top investigative reporters, data journalists, and media law and security experts from across Asia and around the world. The program will feature nearly 30 sessions and special events. There will be panels on finding hidden facts online, covering the environment, digging into business, new journalism models and funding your investigation; seminars on security and tracking dirty money; data journalism workshops by the best in the business; and much more. Uncovering Asia also will mark two important occasions: first, on Saturday evening, a special reception honoring the 25th anniversary of the pioneering Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, which is now a model for nonprofit investigative centers around the world. Then, on Sunday evening, join us for a candle-light assembly at nearby Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, historic site of the 1986 People Power Revolt, to commemorate the UN-designated International Day to End Impunity. Continue Reading →

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New Speakers Added to First Asian Investigative Journalism Conference

Already speakers from 15 countries have signed up, including some of the world’s top trainers in investigative and data journalism. The official hashtag of the event is: #IJAsia14. Among the speakers:

Mar Cabra, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Ying Chan, University of Hong Kong Media Studies Centre
Umar Cheema, The News/Center for Investigative Reporting Pakistan
Reg Chua, Thomson Reuters
Sheila Coronel, Columbia University School of Journalism
Kunda Dixit, Nepal Center for Investigative Journalism
Govindraj Ethiraj, IndiaSpend
David Kaplan, Global Investigative Journalism Network
Yolanda Ma, Data Journalism China
Malou Mangahas, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
Smari McCarthy, International Modern Media Institute
Nils Mulvad, Investigative Reporting Denmark
Paul Myers, BBC
Syed Nazakat, The Week, India
Peter Noorlander, Media Legal Defence Initiative
Paul Radu, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
Giannina Segnini, Columbia University
Drew Sullivan, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
Yoichiro Tateiwa, NHK, Japan
Yong Jin Kim, Korea Center for Investigative Journalism

Educators — Uncovering Asia will feature a special workshop on teaching investigative journalism. Among the schools which will be represented at the conference: the Ateneo de Manila University’s Asian Center for Journalism (Philippines), Asian College of Journalism (India), Chung-Ang University’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication (Korea), Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (U.S.), Danish School of Media and Journalism (Denmark), Hong Kong University Journalism and Media Studies Centre (Hong Kong), and Waseda University’s Journalism School (Japan). Continue Reading →

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