Masato Kajimoto

Dr. Masato Kajimoto | 鍛治本 正人Project Leader of the Asia Pacific Digital Citizens Project and Assistant Professor of Practice

Twitter: @MasatoKJ
Instagram: @MasatoKJ
Facebook Page: Making Sense of the News

Dr. Masato Kajimoto specializes in news literacy education, multimedia storytelling and social media in journalism.

He launched the Asia Pacific Digital Citizens Project in 2013 as a way of institutionalizing an international collaboration to develop pedagogical methodologies and teaching materials in the field of news literacy that incorporate critical thinking skills that are suitable for the culture and media landscapes in different countries in Asia. He has led seminars and workshops on news literacy in Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Yangon and also in New York since then.

Masato is the creator and the chief producer of two massive open online courses in this field: HKU04x Making Sense of News on edX and Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens on Coursera. As of October 2017, the two public online courses had more than 7,500 active learners from over 140 countries.

Before beginning a career in teaching and research, he worked as an online reporter and “Specials” editor (web producer) for CNN. Born and raised in Nagoya, Japan, Masato earned his bachelor’s degree in English and American literature at Chuo University in Tokyo. He holds a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia in the U.S.

He obtained a PhD in Sociology from the University of Hong Kong.

As a professional journalist, Masato has written news articles, features and columns in English and in Japanese. As a journalism educator, he has supervised many online projects integrating broadcast and internet technologies. He is also an Affiliate Professor at the Center for News Literacy, School of Journalism, Stony Brook University.


Selected publicatoins

Conference Papers

  • “Lesson learned: Pedagogical insights gained from the MOOC, Making Sense of the News,” Global News Literacy Conference: the Future of News Literacy in a Connected World, New York, USA, August 2017.
  • “Measuring the effectiveness of news literacy education through a MOOC: What we can learn from the behavioral data and learning analytics for better pedagogical strategies,” The Second International Scientific-Practical Conference: Media Literacy and Media Education – Digital Media for the Future. Moscow, Russia, November 2015.
  • “Teaching news literacy as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Pedagogical strategies, technological architecture and computer-based research implications,” The Fourth International Conference on Media Literacy: Multidisciplinary Approaches of Media Literacy Research and Practice. Hong Kong, November 2015.
  • “Integrating News Literacy into Teaching in the Age of Social Media,” HKAECT 2014 International Conference, Hong Kong, December 2014.
  • “Cultural framing of “heroes” in time of crisis: a comparative analysis of Japanese and Western media, journalistic practice, and audience response,” The Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, March 2012


  • What’s Wrong with Fake News? How Would News Literacy Help?” Journalism in the Age of “Fake News” seminar series, Hong Kong, October, 2017.
  • “HUMS1810 Making Sense of Journalism: News Literacy Lessons for Smart News Audience,” Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, Hong Kong, August 2017
  • Summer Institute for News Literacy Fellows in Asia 2017 (main instructor), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, August 2017
  • A Refresher: Very Basic Statistics for Journalists,” N3con, Hong Kong, May 2017
  • Crowd translation project helps tell China’s story to the world,” Media for Change Virtual Conference, November 2016
  • “HUMS1810 Making Sense of Journalism: News Literacy Lessons for Smart News Audience,” Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, Hong Kong, July, 2016.
  • “News Literacy in Asia,” Kaltenborn Faculty Seminar, New York, April 2016.
  • Institute for News Literacy Fellows in Asia 2015 (Co-instructor), Yangon, Myanmar, December 2015.
  • “News literacy: Empowering citizens for good governance,” the AMS (Alliance of Asian Media Schools) forum on media and society: Media and good governance, Lampang, Thailand, September 2015.
  • “Learning analytics and the possibility of global research on news literacy education,” News literacy educators’ conference, Hong Kong, August 2015.
  • “HUMS1810 Understanding Visual Storytelling in Journalism: News Images in the Digital Age,” Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, Hong Kong, July 2015
  • “Are we all journalists now? Rethinking the role of journalism in mediating public conversations,” Poznań, Poland, May 2015
  • “Journalism in Asia: The influence of politics, culture and media systems on daily understanding of news,” Poznań, Poland, May 2015
  • “The Freedom of Critical Thinking: News Literacy Education in Authoritarian States in Asia,” Hong Kong, March 2015
  • “Deconstructing news on social media during the #UmbrellaRevolution protest in Hong Kong,” Yangon (Myanmar) / Tokyo (Japan), February 2015
  • “Deconstructing (mis)information on social media during the #UmbrellaRevolution protest in Hong Kong,” Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) / Hanoi (Vietnam), November 2014
  • Summer Institute for News Literacy Fellows in Asia 2014 (Co-instructor), Hong Kong, July-August 2014
  • “HUMS1710 Understanding Visual Storytelling in Journalism: News Photo Literacy in the Digital Age,” Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, Hong Kong, July 2014
  • News Literacy Summer Institute for Teachers (Co-instructor), New York, July 2014
  • “Social Media and News: How to be a discerning news consumer,” IB World Conference, Hong Kong, August 2013
  • Summer Institute for News Literacy Fellows in Asia (Co-instructor), Hong Kong, August 2013
  • “HUMS1712 News Literacy,” Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, Hong Kong, July 2013
  • “News Literacy Goes to Asia,” News Literacy Leaders Conference, New York, May 2013
  • “How to teach social media in journalism education,” N3. New.Now.Next Media Conference, Hong Kong, May 2013
  • “Social media literacy: How to educate future generation of news consumers,” Social media, regulation and freedom of expression: A comparative perspective conference, Hong Kong, May 2013
  • “Online Journalism Workshop for Secondary School Students” (in collaboration with the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education and the Young Post), Hong Kong, October 2012
  • “15 online tools for effective teaching and learning,” CITE Research Symposium, Hong Kong, June 2011
  • “Basic Online Media Skills,” The Media Academy for Professionals at JMSC, Hong Kong, May 2011