Journalism Campus

[PANEL] Funding the News

Friday 18 August, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Speakers: Jahabar Sadiq (The Malaysian Insight), Lau Chak Onn (Cilisos), Malek Ali (BFM 89.9)

Moderator: Umapagan Ampikaipakan

Media organisations no longer have a geographical or technological monopoly on content distribution. Journalists face competitors everywhere. Facebook and Twitter and Snapchat are better at communicating to audiences in the ways they want, when they want. Public trust in media is at an all-time low. And all of this is taking place against a backdrop of increased censorship, violence against journalists, and a drastic decrease in global press freedom. How does journalism survive in such an environment? How can it still be sustainable? On this panel, we are joined by three independent purveyors of news, to hear their thoughts on where the next wave of funding for journalism will come from.

Admission is FREE, but pre-registration is required:


[PANEL] Are Malaysian Youth Today as Informed as They Need to Be?

Friday 18 August, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Speakers: Judith Yeoh (SAYS), Ian Yee (R.AGE), MK Zainal (Soscili)

Moderator: Lau Chak Onn (Cilisos)

The media consumption landscape today is a confusing place, with the downfall of centralised media, the fragmented digital landscape, and fake news. So how do youth actually get acccess to information these days, and more worryingly…what kind of information are they getting?

Admission is FREE, but pre-registration is required:

This panel is co-curated with Cilisos.


[PRESENTATION] Innovating Your Newsroom with Data Journalism

Friday 18 August, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Speaker: Kuek Ser Kuang Keng

Data journalism has become an essential part of all major newsrooms in the US, Europe and even Asia that aspire to integrate journalism with technology. What is data journalism and how has data journalism transform storytelling? We will also look at examples of award-winning data-driven stories.

Admission is FREE, but pre-registration is required:


[PANEL] Newsroom Confidential: Reporting the Un-reportable

Friday, 18 August 2017, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Speaker: Jeff Stein

Moderator: Umapagan Ampikaipakan

How should journalists report the un-reportable? How should they bring to light those issues which are often deemed too sensitive or controversial, that are in the national interest but run in contrary to national security? Join Jeff Stein – Newsweek’s correspondent on all things related to spycraft, defense, and foreign policy – for a look at how to extricate truth from power, at how to investigate and report on all of those things difficult, dangerous, and disguised.

This is a 30-minute talk/presentation by Jeff followed by a moderated Q&A session.

Admission is FREE, but pre-registration is required:


[PRESENTATION] The Road to Radicalisation

Friday 18 August 2017, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

The 21st century has seen a big shift towards religious extremism in the world, particularly relating to Islam. Southeast Asia seems to be a hotbed at the moment if not just due to the 250 million Muslim population here. Malaysia, being a self-declared moderate Muslim country, has also seen this rise. Are Malaysians really sympathising with extremists in the Middle-East and why are they picking up arms and heading out to fight?

In a mish-mash of audio, video, graphics and chit chat, this live stage documentary sees journalists Ezra Zaid and Zan Azlee asking the question – are Malaysians being radicalised and why? They speak to the usual suspects of researchers, psychologists and activists. But they manage to get to the heart of the matter with an elusive individual who sheds light on the road to being a radical. While many seem to think that marginalisation is the main cause of radicalisation, the Malaysian situation could be totally different.

Admission is FREE, but pre-registration is required:


[WORKSHOP] Storytelling with Data Journalism

Saturday 19 August 2017, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Workshop facilitator: Kuek Ser Kuang Keng

This is a hands-on practical workshop that introduces the basic concepts of data journalism and the skillset required. We will look at examples of award-winning data-driven stories and work with real data using online data visualization tools.

This is a 45-minute presentation followed by a 75-minute interative workshop session.

NOTE: Participants are required to bring their own laptop.

Online registration: RM50 –

At the door: RM55

Seats are limited to 25 pax.