Masato Kajimoto

Dr. Masato Kajimoto | 鍛治本 正人Assistant Professor of Practice and Founder of Strapline: News Literacy for the Rest of Us

Twitter: @MasatoKJ
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Dr. Masato Kajimoto specializes in news literacy education and misinformation ecosystem research in Asia.

He has been leading JMSC’s news literacy initiative and also an international collaboration among media educators and journalists in Asia to develop pedagogical methods and teaching materials that take into account the culture, media landscapes, and political climates in different countries.

In 2018 he led JMSC’s news literacy team to launch a video series called Strapline: News Literacy for the Rest of Us on YouTubeFacebook, and Medium.

Masato is also 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. Cumulatively, the two online courses have attracted close to 30,000 active learners from 148 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



  • Institute for News Literacy Fellows in Asia 2018 (Main instructor), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, December.
  • “News literacy for peacebuilding,” news literacy workshop for ethnic groups, Pyin Oo Lwin / Yangon, Myanmar, October – December.
  • “Challenges of Telling Stories,” International Conference on Achieving Sustainability in Asia-Pacific, Taipei, Taiwan, September.
  • “Multi-stakeholder approaches to take on false news in a digital world,” CSR Asia Summit 2018, September.
  • “Information Disorder in Asia,” Trusted Media Summit, Singapore, July.
  • “Lesson learned: Pedagogical insights and media production techniques gained from making MOOCs,” TCU International e-Learning Conference: MOOCs and Beyond, Bangkok, Thailand, July.
  • “Misinformation ecosystem in Asia,” Global Fact V, Rome, Italy, June.
  • “Native vs. Foreign: Challenges in International Reporting,” N3con, Hong Kong, May.
  • “Fighting Fake News in Asia,” Foreign Correspondents Club, Hong Kong, April.
  • “Developing Empathy Through News Literacy Education,” International Conference on Building a Safe Online Environment for Children, Bangkok, Thailand, February.




  • Institute for News Literacy Fellows in Asia 2015 (Co-instructor), Yangon, Myanmar, December.
  • “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.
  • “Learning analytics and the possibility of global research on news literacy education,” News literacy educators’ conference, Hong Kong, August.
  • “HUMS1810 Understanding Visual Storytelling in Journalism: News Images in the Digital Age,” Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, Hong Kong, July.
  • “Are we all journalists now? Rethinking the role of journalism in mediating public conversations,” Poznań, Poland.
  • “Journalism in Asia: The influence of politics, culture and media systems on daily understanding of news,” Poznań, Poland.
  • “The Freedom of Critical Thinking: News Literacy Education in Authoritarian States in Asia,” Hong Kong, March.
  • “Deconstructing news on social media during the #UmbrellaRevolution protest in Hong Kong,” Yangon (Myanmar) / Tokyo (Japan), February.