National External Information Service Awards 2017 launched hinh anh 1At the launching ceremony (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The National External Information Service Awards 2017 was launched by the Party Central Committee’s Communication and Education Commission, the Steering Committee for External Information Service and Nhan dan newspaper on November 30.

The competition is open to Vietnamese people, both at home and abroad, as well as foreigners. It features seven categories, including print media, radio broadcast, television broadcast, electronic media, press photo, landscape photo and book.

The entries, either in Vietnamese or foreign languages, must have been published or broadcast via mass media in Vietnam or in a foreign country between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

They should be sent to the Office of the Party Committee and Unions of Nhan dan Newspaper or via email prior to March 31, 2018.

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place in Hanoi in May 2018.

The award is expected to nudge the image of Vietnam as a peaceful and proactive country to international friends.

Nhan dan newspaper is the standing agency of this year’s National Information Service Awards.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee’s Information and Education Commission Pham Van Linh stressed that Vietnam has gained considerable achievements in its reform process, which also poses challenges due to global impacts.

Thus, Vietnamese media, news agencies, reporters and editors should improve quality and efficiency of the external information service while renovating contents and popularisation modes, he said.

Launched in 2014, the award has drawn the attention of both domestic and foreign press organisations, publishers and reporters. The number of entries to competition has increased through years from 893 entries in 17 languages in 2016 compared to 515 works in 10 languages in 2014.-VNA