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Journalism trainers at the Vietnam Journalists Association in Hanoi

Three common challenges facing journalism trainers

Getting buy-in from senior editors, selecting the right mix of participants, and ensuring training is relevant to the jobs of those attending the course. These are the three essential ingredients for successful media training.

It's important to have a story plan when preparing a special report

The importance of having a story plan

The first thing a journalist needs to do when working on a special report is to write a story plan and submit it to their editor for approval. This must be done before they start the story.

Editors at NTV planning the format of the new show

Vietnamese to launch hyperlocal news show

The news team at NTV (Nghe An TV and Radio) has taken the first step in creating an hour-long breakfast news show using only existing resources.

NTV convergence story

Newsroom convergence plans spreading

It’s nice to see my newsroom convergence material being re-used, updated and put into practice, even if the author failed to mention the original source, as required under the spirit (and licence terms) of Creative Commons.

Tran Cường in the TV control room at DRT

Triple boost for Vietnamese regional TV station

TV viewers in the Dak Lak province of Vietnam are now enjoying a new breakfast news and current affairs show, devised three months ago and launched a month later.

The Vietnamese Journalists Association Training of Trainers Course

Transferring skills to improve journalism in Vietnam

The strategy is simple. Invite western experts to give lectures and run journalism workshops for local specialists who then make it their own and develop and deliver media training throughout Vietnam.

Journalists at NTV in Vinh, Nghe An during journalism production training

Journalists must explain stories, not just tell stories

Story development is an essential part of journalism. It involves editorial brainstorming to try to ensure that all significant angles are covered.

editing for the web - image by Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons

Managing a news website with limited resources

I wrote this for a TV station I am working with in Vietnam and thought it worth sharing with others who might be in a similar position. Just a few tricks for doing more with less.

Image by Christopher Pollard released under Creative Commons

Making the most out of audio/video assets

Are you getting the maximum benefit from the TV and radio packages you produce, or are they just broadcast, archived and forgotten?

Image of hear, speak and see no evil by François Rejeté and released under Creative Commons

Why journalists must listen, ask and watch

It’s essential for journalists to question, observe, listen and interpret what they discover. They must find out what’s behind what’s known. It’s the difference between journalism and public relations.