Lao Media Personnel Complete Writing Course in Vietnam


A total of 42 Lao media personnel completed a follow- up course regarding writing skills on economic, political, and social target programmes in Vietnam last week.

The Institute of Mass Media, Culture and Tourism under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism in cooperation with Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications organised a writing course in Vientiane to train Lao media personnel which was completed in June.

The two ministries then reached an agreement to continue the course to further upgrade skills in writing for the news on the same topics in Vietnam. There were over 40 media personnel who attended, the majority of whom came from Lao newspapers, television and radio stations.

The course was run over five days from August 15-19 in Nghe An province, Vietnam. The course was focused on upgrading writing skills to increase the capacity of the Lao media personnel.

During the course, Director of the Institute of Mass Media, Culture and Tourism of Laos Mr. Vilaythong Sisanonh and two Vietnamese teachers concentrated on explaining about how to write on the economy, politics, and society in general to the participants.

The participants were learning about the methods to create news topics but also how to disseminate important policies of the party and state.

The participants are learning how to set issues, how to effectively question and answer as well as to share their experiences with the Vietnamese teachers.

The course was also designed for media personnel to understand how to better promote the policies of the party and state regarding economic, political, and socio- cultural endeavors.

Besides these key items they were also there to learn the methodology and planning that goes into news sources for easier interviewing and general coverage of news for future articles.

Vietnam’s Deputy Director of the Press Authority Mr. Nguyen Thai Thien said the main focus of the Lao media personnel remained to understand the direction of the political, economic and social elements they needed to relay to the public. Laos and Vietnam have usually had excellent cooperation and assistance in training media personnel and it highlighted the special cooperation between the two countries.

This was the 12th time leading training on different topics between Laos and Vietnam and over 400 media personnel have completed training during this time.

Source: Vientiane Times