Feb 06

Tencent, Rappler and Nieman Journalism Lab Leaders Join Roster of Dynamic Speakers

Confirmed speakers now include Tencent VP Caitlyn Chen, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and Nieman Journalism Lab Director Joshua Benton – with many more to come!

Our list of dynamic speakers is growing! We’ll keep you updated as more information is confirmed, but here are some of the speakers and workshops so far:

  • Caitlyn Chen, Vice President of Tencent, the world’s 5th largest tech company and operator of WeChat, on technological innovation in China’s media industry.
  • Maria Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor of the Philippines-based Rappler news site, on undermining of the free press. Ressa is internationally recognized for her work fighting disinformation and “fake news.” Rappler is facing moves by regulatory authorities to shut it down.
  • Joshua Benton, Director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, on transformations in US/global media. The Lab’s focus is helping “journalism figure out its future in an Internet age.”
  • Coconuts Media Founder & CEO Byron Perry on digital storytelling: YouTube to Facebook to Netflix.
  • Alan Soon, Co-Founder & CEO of The Splice Newsroom on transformations in Asia’s media and journalism.
  • The Atlantic national correspondent and author Graeme Wood on the spread of ISIS in Asia.
  • Journalism initiatives across Asia: Anubha Bhonsle leads #GenderAnd, an initiative to cover gender across intersections at The Indian Express; Saumya Khandelwal, award-winning Thomson Reuters photographer, on using Instagram to draw attention to underrepresented groups such as child brides; Kamal Siddiqi, director of the Center for Excellence in Journalism in Karachi, on enhancing the profession.
  • Senior US government official on America’s new Indo-Pacific policy (speaker TBD).
  • Conversation with Facebook (speaker TBD).
  • Facebook and Google workshops for journalists.
  • Panels taking shape: fighting “fake news” on all fronts – civil society, platforms, government, media; AI in the newsroom; Asia’s watchdog press under attack; new-era storytelling; engaging audiences; journalism with impact; where “big data” is headed; smart-city testbeds; and more.