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Against All odds: Making News in Asia

Myanmar, China and Thailand are some of the toughest news landscapes for journalists to work in.

Crackdowns on press freedom, shrinking newsroom budgets, a pandemic prohibiting movement…

Yet despite these odds, news is still being made in Asia.

JNI joined some of Asia’s best journalists and experts for a live online discussion about the challenges of making news in the region.


Gina Chua is Reuters’ global managing editor of operations. She oversees newsroom logistics, budgets, safety and security. Previously, she managed Reuters’ graphics department and helped build its data journalism team. Prior to joining Reuters, Gina was editor-in-chief of the South China Morning Post, a deputy managing editor at The Wall Street Journal and editor of its Hong Kong-based Asian edition. A native of Singapore, Gina lives in New York.   

Cherian Georgeis professor and associate dean for research at Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication. He researches media freedom, censorship and hate propaganda. Cherian’s books include Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offense and its Threat to Democracy. He received his PhD in Communication from Stanford University and before joining academia, was a journalist with The Straits Times in Singapore. 

Louisa Lim is Acting co-director for the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. Her book, The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. Louisa spent a decade as a foreign correspondent in China for the BBC and NPR, and she is co-host of the Little Red Podcast, which won the news and current affairs category at the Australian Podcast Awards in 2018.

Gwen Robinson is editor-at-large of Nikkei Asian Review, an online and print journal of Asian affairs. She is senior fellow at the Institute of Security and International Studies of Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University and president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand. Gwen has been a correspondent and editor with the Financial Times in Europe, Asia and the United States, and was most recently the Bangkok bureau chief covering Southeast Asia. 

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    22 September 2021
    10:00am AEST