Thirteen journalists from Vietnam and regional neighbours Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia completed a 5-day Writing and Reporting course in Hanoi (April 23-27). The training was held under a longstanding agreement between Thomson Reuters Foundation and Vietnam Television (VTV).
The workshop, delivered by instructors Kavita Chandran and Darren Schuettler, covered reporting techniques, interviewing skills, principles of good writing, ethics for the modern journalist, managing fast-breaking news, social media, basic TV reporting and writing skills, source development, and a basic primer on financial journalism.
We explored each theme using practical exercises, including mock press conferences, phone interviews and simulated breaking news events.
The participants spent a morning at the Reuters bureau in Hanoi where bureau chief John Ruwitch, correspondent Ho Binh Minh, photographer Nguyen Huy Kham and TV journalist Minh Nguyen explained how Reuters covers Vietnam and gave practical advice on reporting on the country’s economy.