Leaders of OANA member news agencies took photo when attending 16th OANA General Assemby on November 18, 2016 in Baku (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) will host the 44th Meeting of the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) Executive Board in Hanoi from April 18-20, under the theme of “For a professional and innovative journalism”.

VNA’s hosting of the event affirms the role of the national news agency at the region’s prestigious and effectively operating multilateral press forum.

The 44th OANA Executive Board Meeting will focus on three main contents, including strategies of news agencies in response to changes in information use behaviours which focus on video clips and the YouToube platform; fake news and fact-checking; and regaining trust for mainstream news.

OANA was established in Bangkok, Thailand, on December 22, 1961, as an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

At present, OANA brings together 44 news agencies from 35 countries. OANA members are responsible for two-thirds of information circulated throughout the world. Every day, OANA member news agencies publish around 200 news stories, photos and video clips on the OANA website at http://www.oananews.org/.

The organisation holds its general assembly every three years to select an Executive Board with 13 member news agencies. The Vietnam News Agency is a member of the 2016-2019 Executive Board.

OANA organises its Executive Board meeting annually under the host of an Executive Board member on a rotary basis. The meeting provides a venue for leaders of news agencies to share experience, update new journalism development trends in the world and discuss measures to consolidate professional cooperation.-VNA