Speakers

Thinking of joining us at the 3rd Asian Investigative Journalism Conference? Here are 50 great reasons to go.

We’re putting together a world-class line-up of top investigative reporters, pioneering data journalists, and experts in law and security. For three days in Seoul, from October 5-7, we’ll share, network, and learn from the best in the business. We’ve got top editors Maria Ressa of Rappler, Steven Gan of Malaysiakini, Wahyu Dhyatmika of Tempo and Yong Jin Kim of Newstapa, along with hard-hitting Srinivasan of India’s NDTV and the great Umar Cheema of Pakistan’s The News.

Plus Pulitzer Prize winners like Reuters’ Clare Baldwin, who this year won the big prize for her gutsy coverage of extra-judicial killings in Duterte’s Philippines; Martha Mendoza, who earned two Pulitzers for her exposés of war crimes in Korea and slavery in Thailand; and Scilla Alecci, Asia coordinator of ICIJ’s groundbreaking Panama Papers team.

Here’s a chance to learn from the best, including the BBC’s famed online sleuth Paul Myers, infectious disease expert Thomas Abraham (author of Twenty First Century Plague: The Story of SARS and the just-released Polio: The Odyssey of Eradication), and those remarkable trackers of dirty money from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. There will be sessions on Asia’s #MeToo movement and dealing with harassment, with Indian author Rana Ayyub and Buzzfeed’s Craig Silverman, who’s been red-hot breaking stories on those behind the tsunami of fake news.

Want data training? Our data trainers helped invent the field, with editors who have run the data teams for ProPublica, The Guardian, and IRE. From basic spreadsheets to advanced data analysis, these are the folks who know how to turn raw data into award-winning stories.

We’ve got workshops on mobile journalism, how to start and fund an investigative nonprofit, and how to keep your laptop and phone secure, plus sessions on the explosion in satellite imagery and how to use FOI/RTI laws. Also top educators from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism (USA), Hong Kong University’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre, La Trobe University’s Department of Communications and Media (Australia), Waseda University’s Journalism Graduate School (Japan), Jamia Millia Islamia (India), CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism (USA) and Seoul National University’s Media and Information Department (Korea).

Need more convincing? Early bird discounts are still available for tickets, and the cost is just $275. For that you get three days of top-notch speakers, meals and lots of time to network and rub shoulders with your colleagues from around the world. Find out why, at our last conference, 95% of attendees said we’d increased their capacity as journalists and 97% said they’d come again.

Here’s a look at some of the 50 speakers from 20 countries joining us in Seoul:

  • Zaffar Abbas, Dawn (Pakistan)
  • Thomas Abraham, author (India)
  • Pramod Acharya, Nepal Centre for Investigative Journalism (Nepal)
  • Rana Ayyub, author (India)
  • Clare Baldwin, Reuters (Thailand)
  • Ivo Burum, consultant (Australia)
  • Steven Butler, Committee to Protect Journalists (US)
  • Ying Chan, Hong Kong Univ. (Hong Kong)
  • Umar Cheema, The News (Pakistan)
  • Yunwon Choi, Newstapa (Korea)
  • Reg Chua, Reuters (US)
  • Sheila Coronel, Columbia Univ. (US)
  • Pinar Dag, Data Journalism Turkey (Turkey)
  • Wahyu Dhyatmika , Tempo (Indonesia)
  • Kunda Dixit, Himal Publishing, Nepal
  • Govind Ethiraj, IndiaSpend (India)
  • Patricia Evangelista (Philippines)
  • Lucy Freeman, Media Legal Defence Initiative (UK)
  • Steven Gan, Malaysiakini (Malaysia)
  • Emily Goligoski, Membership Puzzle Project, US
  • Brant Houston, GIJN (US)
  • Srinivasan Jain, NDTV (India)
  • David Kaplan, GIJN (US)
  • Kangmin Kim, Newstapa (Korea)
  • Taehyung Kim, KBS (Korea)
  • Yongjin Kim, Newstapa (Korea)
  • Keng Kuek Ser Kuang, freelance (Malaysia)
  • Jennifer LeFleuer, Investigative Reporting Workshop (US)
  • Andy Lehren, NBC News (US)
  • Bo Young Lim, Newstapa (Korea)
  • Irene Jay Liu, Google News Lab (Singapore)
  • Malou Mangahas, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (Philippines)
  • Gabriela Manuli, GIJN (Argentina)
  • Martha Mendoza, AP (US)
  • Munkhmandakh Myagmar, Press Institute of Mongolia (Mongolia)
  • Paul Myers, BBC (UK)
  • Syed Nazakat, Centre for Investigative Journalism, Delhi (India)
  • Ron Nixon, New York Times (US)
  • Sanjit Oberai, freelance (India)
  • Miranda Petrucic, OCCRP (Bosnia)
  • Paul Radu, OCCRP (Romania)
  • Maria Ressa, Rappler (Philippines)
  • Ritu Sarin, Indian Express (India)
  • Yasuomi Sawa, Kyodo News (Japan)
  • Shiro Segawa, Waseda Univ. (Japan)
  • Giannina Segnini, Columbia Univ. (Costa Rica)
  • Razeshta Sethna, Dawn (Pakistan)
  • Ross Settles, Hong Kong Univ. (Hong Kong)
  • Bruce Shapiro, Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma (US)
  • Alan Soon, Splice (Singapore)
  • Kavya Sukumar, Vox (US)
  • Drew Sullivan, OCCRP (Bosnia)
  • Sasa Vucinic, North Base Media (Korea)
  • Shyamlal Yadav, Indian Express (India)

Need more information? You’ll find everything you need on our conference site, including registration, FAQs, hotel info, and transportation.