Author - Masato Kajimoto


Masato Kajimoto

Journalism & Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong
Associate Professor

Masato Kajimoto

Mis/disinformation ecosystem, fact-checking, press freedom, 
 news literacy, media sociology. With strong regional focus on countries in the Asia-Pacific.

Masato Kajimoto, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Practice at the Journalism & Media Studies Centre, the University of Hong Kong.

In 2019 he founded a not-for-profit organization called ANNIE (Asian Network of News & Information Educators) to develop news literacy curricula and pedagogical models specific to the media and political landscape and socio-cultural environment in the Asian-Pacific region.

As part of the initiative, he is currently running the student-driven fact-checking newsroom Annie Lab at the university. The news website is a verified signatory member of the Code of Principles by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at Poynter Institute.

Masato is also the chief producer of the online course on Coursera titled Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens that was launched in 2017.

He served as the leading researcher and co-editor for the paper “Information Disorder in Asia and the Pacific: Overview of Misinformation Ecosystem in Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam” in 2018.

His recent publications include an entry on “News Literacy” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication and the five-country research for UNESCO titled “MIL education in Asia: Exploration of policies and practices in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.”

Before beginning a career in teaching and research, he worked as a reporter and editor (web producer) for CNN. He has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Hong Kong.