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Singapore: Sept 20

15:00 SGT

Guests Arrival

15:20 SGT

Networking Event

16:00 SGT

Watch Party: Trusted Media Summit Online

18:30 SGT

Dinner and Fun Social Hour

19:30 SGT

End of Watch Party

Singapore: Sept 21

9:30 SGT

Welcome Back!
Irene Jay Liu, Google News Initiative

9:35 SGT

Fact-checkers Track
Starting Our Fact-Checking Unit with live Q&A
Student-driven fact-checking platform
Kow Kwan Yee, University of Wollongong Malaysia KDU

In journalism class, undergraduates have been trained to set up a fact-checking taskforce to fight against online falsehood. They post multimedia content on Instagram to educate their own community on fake news.

Fact-checking frameworks and concerns
Nicholas Fang, Black Dot Research

An introduction to Black Dot Research. Looking at how they kickstarted their fact-checking unit, the model/framework, challenges, what worked/what didn't.

Kickstarting a fact-checking team in hyperlocal newsroom
Frank Cimatu, Baguio Chronicle

How a local newsroom located in a mountainous region of northern Philippines put together a fact-checking unit

Sustainable collaborative fact-checking with universities
Khalil Majeed, Faqcheck Lab

Introducing Faqcheck Lab and its model to sustainably work with universities to empower media literacy and fact-checking.

10:10 SGT

Election Track Generating research from fact-checks
Rachel Khan, University of the Philippines

To alert news consumers on the volume of disinformation produced during the 2022 Philippine elections, published its analysis of the collaborative fact-checks to establish disinformation trends, including targeted victims, types of disinformation, and their predominant platforms. Fact-checking in the classroom
Yvonne T. Chua, University of the Philippines

For five years now, journalism majors at the University of the Philippines have been learning how to detect and counter false or misleading information, including fact-checking, in a full-semester course. The academic activity has shown that students can help make a difference in helping push back against misinformation and disinformation.

#FactsFirstPH: Leveraging legal networks in fighting disinformation
Alfredo Molo, FactsFirstPh/ Mosveldtt Law

How lawyers contributed to fact-checking efforts during the PH elections. Why a Legal/Accountabiity Layer helps collaborative efforts pushback against concerted/organized disinformation networks

#FactsFirstPH: Powering a fact-checking network with data strategy
Mia Gaviola, FactsFirstPh/ TheNerve

How a data-backed approach to influence and community strategy helped create an alogrithmic mesh to support fact-checking efforts in the Philippines (#FactsFirstPH).

Fact Checking Historical Distortion in the Philippines: The Tanggol Kasaysayan Experience
Francis A. GealogoAteneo de Manila University/Tanggol Kasaysayan (Defend History)

Tanggol Kasaysayan's experiences on combatting negative historical revisionism and historical distortion will be the focus of the discussion on contemporary challenges in the Philippines's quest for historical truth

Disinformation and Election Integrity in Malaysia
James Gomez, Asia Centre

This session present the key findings and recommendation from Asia Centre's latest report, Youth and Disinformation in Malaysia: Strengthening Electoral Integrity

11:00 SGT

Coffee Break

11:15 SGT

Group Activity: Collaboration in an Ideal World
Group Presentation

12:00 SGT

Media Literacy Track
Media literacy can be fun too
Karen Vinalay, Independent

Learn how to create boring and complex topics into a more engaging and fun educational experience. This session is a quick breakdown of the "BAKIT" campaign that teaches Filipinos to doubt and question anything they see on the internet.

Gamifying Media Literacy for Students
Trinna Leong, Google News Initiative

Getting youth to pick up fact-checking doesn't have to be done in a dull, lecture-style setting. Testing out scenario-based fact-checking at the Sociovation Forum 2022 hosted by Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), GNI hosted a live game-show taking 90 students across ASEAN on a journey to help fictional college student Hailey to discern between fact from fiction.

Do you want to build a (MIL) movement?
David Chak, Arus Academy

Learn from Arus' experience building a national media literacy educator movement - from 0 to 10,000 teachers trained in less than 1 year

Medical myths? Who you gonna call?
Dr. Firdaus Haris, Medical Mythbusters Malaysia

Doctors and healthcare workers in general are not the best communicators: conversations and health education is usually dry and academic. Medical Mythbusters Malaysia utilizes story telling methods to deliver effective and relevant information to the public; here's how we do it.

12:35 SGT


14:15 SGT

Formats and Engagement Track
Reinventing Personal Finance for the Masses
He Ruiming, The Woke Salaryman

Personal finance is a boring topic, and when it does get talked about, it's often evokes strong reactions. TWS tries to talk about money (and other social issues) in a way that avoids these common pitfalls.

Countering health misinformation with comic books
Celine Samson, VERA Files

Misinformation about health topics has been incredibly popular across the globe even before the COVID-19 pandemic. This session tackles VERA Files' effort to combat it through fact-checking and cultivating critical thinking by taking readers through a journey of a 20-year-old woman and her grandmother in a comic book format.

Here's how you move from serving an audience to cultivating a community
Alan Soon, Splice Media

It's 2022. Are you still chasing after page views from an anonymous mass audience? Here's how you pivot your thinking to building a committed community of users.

15:00 SGT

Group Activity: Ideate Now! Build your own community
Group Presentation

15:40 SGT

Impressions of #TMS2022. Aspirations for #TMS2023

16:00 SGT

End of Summit
Irene Jay Liu, Google News Initiative


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Alan Soon
Splice Media, Co-founder

Alan Soon is the co-founder of Splice Media. A career journalist for two decades, Alan has worked in radio, television, news wires, magazine, and online across Asia, giving him unique insight into how various newsrooms get things done—and where they get stuck. He started his career as a reporter and grew into other operational roles at Bloomberg, CNBC, Kyodo News, Star TV, and Channel NewsAsia. He later ran Yahoo’s media business in India and Southeast Asia.

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Alfredo Molo
FactsFirstPh/ Mosveldtt Law, Coordinator, Accountability Layer

John Molo has spent two decades in high-stakes litigation and judicial reform work. He has argued landmark cases in the Philippine Supreme Court, and has acted as counsel for the Philippine Senate, jurists, and activists. He currently represents Rappler and Nobel Prize Winner Maria Ressa. He is the Coordinator for #FactsFirstPH's Accountability Layer. He teaches Constitutional law.

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Celine Samson
VERA Files, Head of online verification team

Celine Samson is a writer and editor at VERA Files, a 14-year old nonprofit media organization in the Philippines specializing in in-depth reporting and fact checking. She leads the VERA Files team that debunks online mis- and disinformation as an official third-party fact checking partner of Meta. Celine also trains students, teachers, media, lawyers, and civil society organizations on social media verification and political fact-checking.

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David Chak
Arus Academy, Director

David has spent 7 years as a public school teachers and close to 10 years in the education industry. He co-founded Arus Academy, a social enterprise focusing on creating evidence-based, impact-based education intervention to address gaps in Malaysia. David is currently leading the Media Educaiton For All initiative, a national media literacy education movement in Malaysia.

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Firdaus Haris
Medical Mythbusters Malaysia, Founder

Dr Ahmad Firdaus Mohd Haris spearheaded Medical Mythbusters Malaysia (M3); a group of passionate healthcare workers passionate about creating contents to debunk medical and health myths online. He is also a member of First Check, a global community of fact-checkerswhich brings journalists, doctors and technologists together from across Asia to identify and combat medical misinformation, rumours and unscientific claims Dr Firdaus Haris is also a WHO certified Infodemic Manager completing his training as the 3rd cohort of WHO Infodemic Manager Training in November 2021.

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Francis A. Gealogo
Ateneo de Manila University/Tanggol Kasaysayan (Defend History), Professor

Francis Gealogo is Professor and former Chair of the Department of History of Ateneo de Manila University. He is the lead convenor of Tanggol Kasaysayan (Defend History) network of historians, students, and researchers combatting negative historical revisionisim. In 2016, he resigned as Commissioner of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in protest of the Duterte government's decision to allow the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the nation's Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery of Heroes). He is one of the contributors and is the lead editor of the book Martial Law @50 : Alaala at Kasaysayan ng Pagbabalikwas (Martial Law @50: Memory and History of Struggles) that will be launched on the 30th of September 2022.

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Frank Cimatu
Baguio Chronicle/ Rappler, Editor

Frank Cimatu is a poet-journalist who wrote for Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rappler and various magazines and is now editor of the Baguio Chronicle. He was a fellow for the Alfred Friendly International Press Fellowship and worked briefly for the defunct Seattle Press-Intelligencer under the fellowship. He has written extensively about Southeast Asia under several grants and fellowships.

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He Ruiming
The Woke Salaryman, Co-founder

He Ruiming is the co-founder of The Woke Salaryman, a blog in Singapore that discusses money, socio-issues, and other topics that are relevant to young people. Prior to this he worked at socio-politlcal news site Mothership, as well as several advertising agencies.

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James Gomez
Asia Centre, Regional Director

Dr. James Gomez is Regional Director at Asia Centre, a research institute in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council. Dr. Gomez has led the Centre’s research for a series of baseline studies that includes: Media Freedom in Southeast Asia: Repeal Restrictive Laws, Strengthen Quality Journalism; “Infodemic” and SDGs: Internet Freedoms in Southeast Asia; and Hate Speech in Southeast Asia: New Forms, Old Rules. He co-editor of a forthcoming Routledge book “Fake News and Elections in Southeast Asia” (2022).

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Karen Vinalay
Independent Creative Director

Karen Vinalay has worked in the creative industry for almost 15 years. She spent a decade in Myanmar working on branding and social change campaigns focused on women, youth and the environment. She is currently the lead of Save The Children’s innovation project called SHIFT, a youth campaign accelerator that operates in Africa, South East Asia and South America.

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Khalil Majeed
Faqcheck Lab, Managing Editor

Khalil has spent nearly a decade working on investigations and producing documentaries across Malaysia. He is also the Malaysian correspondent for Reporters Without Borders. He is currently the co-founder and managing editor at Faqcheck Lab, a media literacy and fact checking organisation based in Malaysia.

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Kow Kwan Yee
University of Wollongong Malaysia KDU, Lecturer

Kow Kwan Yee is a lecturer at the School of Communication & Creative Arts, University of Wollongong Malaysia KDU. She used to be a journalist who covered a range of areas (crime, court and politics) for several media organisations. Her research interests include digital media literacy, press freedom, media reform, communication policies and practices. Email:

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Mia Gaviola
FactsFirstPh/ TheNerve COO

Mia heads TheNerve, a Manila-based data insight consultancy that specializes in data forensics and data-led strategies for organizations & companies in the Philippines and globally. Previously, she worked as Rappler's Head of New Business, focused on implementing Rappler’s core business streams that included BrandRap, Interactive Platforms, E-commerce, and Business Intelligence Unit. In recent months, Mia and TheNerve team has supported Rappler's #FactsFirstPH through data-backed community strategies.

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Nicholas Fang
Black Dot Research, Managing Director

Nicholas has more than 15 years of experience in the media industry. He is currently the Managing Director of Black Dot Research and Director for Security and Global Affairs in the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, a non-profit and independent think tank.

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Rachel Khan
University of the Philippines, Professor

Rachel Khan, DPA is a former journalist turned professor at the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication, where she also served as the chair of the Journalism Department. She is also a co-coordinator of, the collaborative network of fact-checkers during the Philippine Elections of 2019 and 2022.

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Trinna Leong
Google News Initiative, Southeast Asia Teaching Fellow

Trinna Leong is Google News Lab's first Southeast Asia Teaching Fellow. A former correspondent covering the triple beat of politics, economy and general news, her work over the decade has appeared in Reuters, Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal and The Straits Times.

In her role at Google, she is running newsroom training to help build stronger digital skill sets, raising work efficiency and developing fact-checking knowledge among local reporters and editors.

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Yvonne T. Chua
University of the Philippines, Associate Professor

Yvonne T. Chua is an associate professor of journalism at the University of the Philippines. A longtime journalist, she has been associated with four fact-checking initiatives: Vera Files Fact Check, which she started in 2016 and led till early 2019;, a pioneering collaborative fact-checking initiative for the 2019 and 2022 Philippine elections; the student-driven FactRakers for her students at the university; and the Philippine Fact-Checker Incubator project, which has been assisting fact-checking operations of five Philippine newsrooms. She has done research on disinformation, hate speech, dangerous speech, and media and democracy.

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