Irene Liu

News Lab Lead, APAC, Google

Irene Jay Liu is a Singapore-based reporter and editor, with extensive experience in print, digital, radio, investigative and data journalism. Liu leads Google News Lab in the Asia-Pacific region, where she develops partnerships and programs to promote newsroom innovation and use technology to enhance reporting and storytelling. She was most recently a reporter on the global enterprise team at Thomson Reuters, for which she was a 2017 Pulitzer finalist in the national reporting category. She led the development of Reuters' Connected China, an award-winning news app that tracks and visualizes the people and institutions that make up China's power structure, for which she was a 2013 finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists and received a Reuters Journalist of the Year Award for "Storytelling Innovation of the Year." She also teaches courses on data-driven investigative reporting at the University of Hong Kong and digital journalism at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Previously, she was senior reporter and special projects team leader at the South China Morning Post based in Hong Kong, where she reported on transnational crime and law enforcement and led the paper's computer-assisted and document-based reporting projects. She was awarded first place in the "Best News Writing - English" category at the 2010 Hong Kong News Awards. Until January 2010, she was a political writer for the Capitol Bureau of the Albany Times Union, where she wrote for print, was lead blogger for the paper's most-read blog, Capitol Confidential, and was an on-air correspondent for the statewide PBS television program New York Now. She is a contributor to National Public Radio and has been heard on Morning Edition, Weekend All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, as well as affiliate stations WNYC and KQED. Liu has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a fellow with the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.

Irene is speaking at

October 5, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Rialto (Lower Lobby)


  • Sasa Vucinic (Speaker) Co-Founder and Managing Partner, North Base Media
  • Alan Soon / Splice (Speaker) Co-founder, The Splice Newsroom
  • Irene Liu (Speaker) News Lab Lead, APAC, Google
  • Drew Sullivan (Moderator) Editor, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project


The old media models of financing, production, and distribution are gone. What is taking their place? What are the new models that will support investigative journalism? Are online platforms the solution? Nonprofits with donations and memberships? Data-centric projects? Blockchain technology? We've brought together three top thinkers on media innovation who not only talk the talk -- they're investing millions of dollars in what may well be the future of media in Asia and worldwide.

October 6, 2018
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Seasons (Lobby Floor)


  • Irene Liu (Speaker) News Lab Lead, APAC, Google


You don't need to code to be an investigative data journalist! You can wrangle and clean data, scour the internet and social media, make beautiful visualizations, and even dip your toe into AI/ Machine Learning without writing a line of code. Bring your laptops and try out tools like OpenRefine, Graph.Tips, Google Fusion Tables, Flourish, Cloud AutoML and more in this hands-on session.
NOTE: For best results, be sure to bring a laptop if you want to follow along.

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