Welcome, everyone! Mark your calendars -- Asia’s first investigative journalism conference is happening. Join us in Manila on November 22-24 for this breakthrough event, bringing together top investigative reporters, data journalists, and media law and security experts from across Asia and around the world. 

Check back soon for updates on our program. IJAsia14 will feature nearly 30 sessions and special events. There will be panels on digging out hidden facts online, the environment, business, and how to fund your project; seminars on security and tracking dirty money; data journalism workshops by the best in the business; and much more.

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Plenary Session [clear filter]
Sunday, November 23

9:00am PST

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Welcome to Uncovering Asia! Your hosts will offer brief opening remarks, including ideas on how to get the most out of the packed two days of workshops, panels, and special events we've put together for you. Next comes a showing of Investigative Impact, a five-minute video just released by the Global Investigative Journalism Network on the extraordinary impact of investigative reporting around the world. 

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David Kaplan

Executive Director, Global Investigative Journalism Network
David E. Kaplan is executive director of Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), the international association of investigative reporting organizations, with 155 member groups in 68 countries. He has worked as an investigative journalist for more than 30 years, reported from... Read More →
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Malou Mangahas

Executive Director, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
MALOU MANGAHAS is executive director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, a pioneering nonprofit launched in 1989. She is a veteran of Philippine journalism, served as a Nieman fellow at Harvard University, and has worked for various newspapers and news agencies... Read More →
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Torben Stephan

Director, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Torben Stephan is Director of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung's (KAS) Media Programme Asia. He studied political science in Berlin and worked for many years as newspaper journalist and editor. After joining KAS he launched together with the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN... Read More →

Sunday November 23, 2014 9:00am - 9:15am PST
Ballroom CDE

9:15am PST

Keynote Address: Nine Billion Eyes -- Holding Power to Account in the World's Largest Continent
Not too long ago, investigative reporting was little known in the Asian media and a conference such as this would have drawn just a few dozen devotees. Today we are in a midst of an investigative ferment. Despite intimidation and violence, Asian journalists are digging into corruption, the environment, food and product safety, trafficking, and human rights abuses as never before. New freedoms, new technologies, new markets and new laws are helping make this happen. 

Journalist Sheila Coronel -- co-founder of the pioneering Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and now academic dean at the prestigious Columbia Journalism School -- looks to the past as well as the future, and sees that Asia's journalists are also drawing from the well of their own traditions as they move into the future. She finds them building an edifice of accountability reporting on the foundations of their own histories and cultures, and mobilizing citizens, helping them keep their watchful eyes on power.

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Sheila Coronel

Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia University
Sheila is academic dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. She is concurrently also director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and Stabile professor of professional practice. She began her reporting career in the Philippines and was co-founder... Read More →

Sunday November 23, 2014 9:15am - 10:30am PST
Ballroom CDE
Monday, November 24

9:00am PST

Plenary Session: The Future of Investigative Journalism in Asia
Investigative journalism has spread around the world in the past 20 years. Extraordinary work is being done in China, India, Korea, Southeast Asia. But even in Western societies with long traditions of "muckraking", the practice of investigative reporting has risen and fallen, often with movements for reform and changing economic times. What does 21st Century Asia have in store for investigative journalism, and what do investigative journalists have in store for Asia? How will changing technology, citizen journalism, and open government affect the future of in-depth journalism? Will even closed governments have to open up to engage in global trade and development? Will Asian media finds ways to adapt to new technology and not lose their financial base like Western media? Can sensational, daily-driven media develop an investigative tradition?

To address these questions and more, we've assembled a prestigious group of top editors and thinkers on journalism representing six countries at various stages of development: China, India, Japan, Myanmar, Nepal, and Thailand. Their answers may surprise you.

Thanks to the Omidyar Network for special support of this plenary session. 

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Kunda Dixit

Founder and Editor, Nepali Times
Born in Nepal, Kunda Dixit is one of the country's leading journalists and editors, and an international authority on the press in Asia. He is founder, editor, and publisher of the Nepali Times, and co-publisher of Himal magazine.

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Ying Chan

Professor, Hong Kong University
Ying Chan is an editorial and media consultant, China expert, educator and journalist, and e-learning advocate. She is the founding director and professor (1999-2016) of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong, and the founding dean (2003-2011) of the journalism school at Shantou University in China. Under her leadership, the JMSC became the hub of pan-Asian journalism serving to promoting journalism standards, freedom of expression and digital innovation... Read More →
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Sashi Kumar

Chairman, Asian College of Journalism
Sashi Kumar is a journalist, film-maker, and media thinker and initiator who launched the Asianet TV channel. He subsequently founded, and chairs, the not-for-profit public trust Media Development Foundation, which runs the Asian College of Journalism, one of India's top journalism schools... Read More →
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Chavarong Limpattamapanee

Online Editor, Thai Rath Daily Newspaper
Chavarong is a senior editor at the Thai Rath Daily Newspaper. He earlier worked as the senior reporter for the articles and features section, specialising in social issues and civic movement. He also served as president of the Confederation of Thai Journalists since 2011. From March... Read More →
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Ye Naing Moe

Director, Yangon Journalism School
Ye Naing Moe is the founding director and chief trainer of the Yangon Journalism School, which was founded in 2010. He has been training local journalists in Myanmar since 2003. Ye founded the Myanmar Press Award in 2009 together with his colleagues. He studied at the University... Read More →

Tomohisa Yamaguchi

Deputy Editor, Investigative Reporting Section, Asahi Shimbun
Tomohisa Yamaguchi is deputy editor of the investigative reporting section of the Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan's major daily newspapers. His recent reports have been on maltreatment of bedridden elderly, doctor payments, and pork-barrel expenditures by politicians. He has been a reporter... Read More →

Monday November 24, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am PST
Ballroom CDE