Masato Kajimoto

Dr. Masato Kajimoto | 鍛治本 正人Associate Professor of Practice

Twitter: @MasatoKJ
Instagram: @MasatoKJ

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.

Masato founded a student-led, fact-checking news project called Annie Lab in 2019. He is also the chief producer of the online course on Coursera titled “Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens” and the YouTube series “Strapline: News Literacy for the Rest of Us.”

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.” His recent publication includes an entry on News Literacy in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication.

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.

Key projects


  • JMSC1001 Principles of Journalism and the News Media
  • JMSC3001 Independent Study
  • JMSC4001 Journalism Capstone Experience
  • JMSC6040 Beyond fake news: Verification tools and techniques for journalists
  • CCHU9074: Beyond fake news (Common Core)

Selected publications

Conference Papers

  • “News Literacy Education Under Nondemocratic Political Systems in Asia,” The 69th Annual ICA Conference 2019, Washington D.C. USA, May 2019.
  • “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