By MAI HOANG
AAP staff writer
ST. PAUL (Dec. 8, 2012) — After 10 weeks of hard work, 10 Students of the Minority Media Training Program have successfully completed their courses. They came together with friends, relatives, and community leaders, to celebrate their achievements on Saturday at Hoa Bien Vietnamese restaurant in St. Paul.
The keynote speaker and former editor of The Voice of America in Washington D.C., as well as several local speakers addressed about 100 persons in attendance. The speakers presented wonderful remarks to congratulate students, and shared very valuable information relating to this special program.
Representing the University of Minnesota was Mr. Craig Taylor, Co-Project Investigator of the Broadband Access Project (BAP), and Executive Director of the Office for Business and Community Economic Development (BCED). Taylor shared that the University of Minnesota and his office are happy to work with community to improve education and support business development training. He also appreciated the partnerships of the Broad band Access Project’s 11 Public Computer Centers, the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium, and the University of Minnesota, over the last 3 years. He also praised students of the Minority Media Training Project for their commitment.
Mr. Dai Vinh, President of Hue Association and Vice-chair of The Vietnam Documentary Film Club support committee of Minnesota, thanked the University of Minnesota and the Broad band Access Project for their sponsorship of the Minority Media Training Project. He also had thanked the other speakers, especially Mr. Craig Taylor of the University of Minnesota, and Mr. Pham Tran, of Washington D.C. Finally, he gave special congratulations to all students of this special training.
Mr. Pham Tran gave a brief of hot news about conflicts between China and Vietnam, and defined the roles and responsibilities of professional journalists. Graciously offering some guidance for those who want to pursue a career in media, he provided some high lights, examples, and suggestions of what news is. He stated that news is up to date and accurate, and to provide good news, journalists have to devote and sacrifice their time as an obligation. He also shared of his 38 years of experience as News Editor of Voice of America. He thought this kind of special media training was very rare in America, especially in the United States Vietnamese Communities.
One representative from graduating students, Mr. Dau Pham expressed his thanks for the Minority Media Training Project and its sponsors, the University of Minnesota’s Broadband Access Project, the Asian Community Media Institute, the Asian Community Technology Center, and all instructors involved with the Project. Upon presentation of Certificates of Completion, all students and guests enjoyed a wonderful buffet-style dinner from Hoa Bien restaurant and entertainment by the Hong Duc musical Band