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Lao-Viet cooperation helps media brush up on skills
Local journalists have brushed up on their skills following another course organised as part of ongoing cooperation between Laos and Vietnam.
Last week’s “Interview and Political Talk Show Skills for Lao Journalists” is one of over 20 training courses supported by Ministry of Information and Communications of Vietnam since 2012.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the five-day training course, Head of the Media Department of Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communication, Mr Luu Dinh Phuc said it was essential that journalists were equipped with the necessary skills to provide accurate information to the public.
“We hope the participants who have come here for training from around the country will put what they have learned into practice,” he said.
The course for Lao print and electronic journalists covered topics such as media cooperation, journalistic skills, and interviewing and political talk shows skills aiming to promote the role of the profession.
Director General of the Mass Media, Culture  and Tourism Institute of Laos’ Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Vilaythong Sisanon said commentary writing could be undertaken in either a positive or critical form.
He said the training would help the journalists’ commentary writing in a positive way to ensure that society develops and improves as well as provide examples for others to follow.
“However, writing critically encourages relevant sectors to improve the work they are doing,” he added.
During the training course from August 9-13, all trainees, representing Vientiane as well as Xieng Khuang, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Borikhamxay, Khammuan, Savannakhet, Saravan, Champassak and Attapeu provinces, learned about data collection, news coverage planning, in-depth news analysis, and quality interviewing and reporting of news articles based on commentary writing skills and experiences in the field of Vietnamese media.

By Phetphoxay Sengaseuth
(Latest Update September 17, 2019)

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