Fojo Media Institute has extensive experience of working in Vietnam, providing training programmes developing Vietnamese media and journalists since 1998, when a Sida funded cooperation with the Vietnam Ministry for Information and Communication (MIC) was launched. The Sida funded project lasted for more than 10 years and provided training for some 5000 Vietnamese journalists.
The project included support to the development of a local pool of Vietnamese trainers, through special Training of Trainers programs and through consistently allowing for international and Vietnamese trainers working together. In general, the Fojo-MIC project focused on four areas:
- In-house training courses for print, web, TV and radio media
- Workshops on specialized topics such as gender, economic, social, environmental reporting, etc.
- Editorial management workshops and seminars targeting top and intermediate level media managers
- Media ethics
Between 2011-2014, Fojo worked with four provincial TV&Radio stations in Vietnam, with the aim of supporting their overall development, in particular to produce high-quality Public Service TV and Radio. The project focused primarily on the TV & Radio stations of the Lao Cai province in northern Vietnam, and the Dak Lak province in the Central Highlands. The TV & Radio station in the Nghe An and the Thanh Hoa provinces also take part in the project.
The rapidly changing media scene in Vietnam poses a number of challenges to all media, and also to the provincial TV stations of the country, which in particular face growing competition from newly launched private TV channels, as well as foreign TV. In that context, there is a great need for renewal while at the same time ensuring high editorial standards. Fojo has worked in Vietnam since the 90ies, providing a base for this project and future projects. Most of the Vietnamese trainers engaged in the project had thus received ”Training of Trainings” for many years by Fojo.
To project used an holistic approach, focusing on diverse areas such as management, journalism, audience research and the use of new media. Specific importance was also given to the role of the stations as primary news providers for the ethnic minorities in the concerned regions.