International SIG: International Journalists



  • The Monthly Meeting of the International SIG


    Presentation Overview

    International Journalists

    What do their readers want to learn about Silicon Valley and what should we, but don't, know about their countries and more!


    About the Moderator

    Dan Gillmor, Founder of Grassroots Media Inc.

    BGrassroots Media Inc. (, a project aimed at enabling grassroots journalism and expanding its reach is Dan’s present role. He is author of "We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People" (O'Reilly Media, 2004), a book that explains the rise of citizens' media and why it matters.

    From 1994-2004, Gillmor was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley's daily newspaper, and wrote a weblog for He joined the Mercury News after six years with the Detroit Free Press. Before that, he was with the Kansas City Times and several newspapers in Vermont. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Vermont, Gillmor received a Herbert Davenport fellowship in 1982 for economics and business reporting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. During the1986-87 academic year he was a journalism fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied history, political theory and economics. He has won or shared in several regional and national journalism awards. Before becoming a journalist he played music professionally for seven years.


    About the Panelist

    Noriko Takiguchi, Freelance Journalist, Japan

    Noriko Takiguchi is a journalist in the business, technology, architecture and design fields, contributing to various newspapers and magazines in Japan including Asahi Shimbun Newspaper, Nikkei Newspaper, President, Diamond Weekly, Nikkei Information Strategy, Pen, Figaro Japon, Brutus, Nikkei Architecture, AXIS, A+U (Architecture and Urbanism) and others. She holds BA in German linguistics and international relations from Sophia University in Tokyo, and was a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University from 1996-98.


    Jean-Baptiste Su, Correspondent for La Tribune, France

    Jean-Baptiste is the West coast correspondent for La Tribune, a leading French daily business and financial newspaper headquartered in Paris, for the past three years. Prior to joining La Tribune, Jean-Baptiste was the local correspondent for Groupe Tests, France's largest IT publisher with titles including 01 Informatique, 01 Reseaux, Decision Informatique, etc. Before moving to California, Jean-Baptiste was managing the Network and Telecom section at weekly magazine Decision Informatique published by Groupe Tests. Prior to Groupe Tests, Jean-Baptist spent the first half of his 12 years career in journalism at IDG France at InfoPC (PCworld), covering general IT issues and later moved on to Le Monde Informatique (ComputerWorld) in 1998 heading the Networking section for the weekly. Jean-Baptiste is also publishing, a French speaking community online newspaper covering local Silicon Valley news and is the co-founder of the Press Club of California, an association of domestic and foreign journalists based in the Golden State.


    Krishna Kumar, Editor and Writer, India

    Krishna Kumar is an accomplished editor, writer, and acknowledged industry expert when it comes to the technology industry. A veteran of several magazines, he is currently the Bureau Chief (West Coast) of Mantram Magazine and new satellite channel South Asia World. He also reports for India's premier business channel CNBC-TV18. He has been a founding member of Mantram Magazine, a glossy technology magazine he helped found in 2001 with the overall charge of United State's West Coast. He was responsible for bringing Vinod Dham, Rafiq Dosani and Kanwal Rekhi as advisory board members of the magazine. He's been following the technology sector closely for the past 12 years, with a network of contacts that stretches across the globe and has two publications to his credit. He was the Editor of TiE's Succeeding with New Realities, a conference handbook which made its debut at their convention on May 16th, 2003 showcased alongside industry veterans Don Valentine and Regis McKenna during their combined keynote address. He also edited, The Next Generation Entrepreneurship, which has a foreword from new age guru Dr Deepak Chopra.

    Born in Kerala, India, Krishna Kumar got into print journalism at the age of 18. edited and published South India's first weekly community newspaper in English titled "Star of Malabar". He served as Sports Editor of Deepika Daily and an IT and Telecom correspondent of the Press Trust of India in New Delhi. He then moved on to Microland, Inc, to kick of ITSpace Bureau in New Delhi. He moved to United States in early 2000 as special correspondent of India Post. Three months later he was promoted as Associate Editor and had the responsibility of publishing the weekly. Kumar has an MA in Journalism from Madurai Kamaraj University and is the first rank holder in PG Diploma. He is married to Sajitha Kanakathidathil and lives in San Francisco Bay Area.


    Ida Yee-Yee Choy, Program Director and Talk Show Host, Sing Tao Chinese Radio

    Ida Yee-Yee Choy, a graduate of the University of Oregon, majored in telecommunications and film. Presently she works for Sing Tao Chinese Radio which is very popular in the Bay Area. Yee-Yee is the program director and hosts a Cantonese phone-in talk show on news and current affairs. In 2004 the show got an award of the Best Community Talk Show byNew California Media.

    Yee-Yee has been elected as the current president of Northern California Chinese Media Association (NCCMA) which has 21members of Chinese media in the Bay Area. After graduation Yee-Yee has spent a lot of time in the field of multi-media, actively working on documentary and television production. Subsequently, she devoted her time to radio broadcasting in the Bay Area.

    Yee-Yee has been active in San Francisco’s Chinese community, having worked in the heart of Chinatown for many years and covered many community issues. She has the passion to help revitalizing Chinatown. In 1991 for her contributions of television, radio broadcasting and charity fundraisings, Governor Pete Wilson, SF Board of Supervisor Tom Hsieh gave her award of recognition. California Senator Milton Marks also awarded October 26th as “Ida Choy Day.”


    Event Logistics


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    3003 Tasman Drive

    Santa Clara, CA 95054

    PLEASE NOTE: Meeting is held at employee entrance to the cafeteria, Bldg. 3, around the corner from 5101 Patrick Henry Drive entrance


    6:30-7:00pm registration/networking/refreshments

    7:00-7:15pm announcements and introductions

    7:15-8:30pm program

    8:30-9:00pm networking/one-on-one discussions



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