Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Hoang Vinh Bao speaks at the workshop (Photo: ​)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam and Sweden are sharing modern journalism and communication skills at a two-day workshop that opened in Hanoi on December 5.

Opening the event, Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam Pereric Hogberg said the workshop is held on the occasion of 250 years since the issuance of his country’s press law – one of the first of its kind in the world.

The 21st century has opened up a new era for science and information technology (IT), and Vietnam has taken the lead in Southeast Asia in internet connection. Therefore, Sweden wants both sides to share experience and discuss opportunities and challenges facing journalism in the digital era, he noted.

Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Hoang Vinh Bao said print newspapers are shrinking as a result of the development of IT, which has fuelled online newspapers and social networks.

A multimedia news office is needed for a media outlet to survive and develop at present. To meet requirements of such multimedia news offices, each journalist must master new skills and the latest technologies, he added. 

During the workshop, participants will share Swedish press’ experience and discuss how media outlets can contribute to socio-economic development in Vietnam.

The event also aims to provide Vietnamese journalists with necessary skills in the digital era.

It is held by the Swedish Embassy, Sweden’s Lund University and Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications.-VNA