Media project students at orientation.
By MAI HOANG
AAP contributing writer
ST. PAUL (Jan. 7, 2011) — A class of Minority Media Training is official opening on Saturday at Asian Community Technology Center in St. Paul.
Asian Community Media Institute is organizing this 10 day training project with the financial support by the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area Self Development of People Committee. The goal of the project is to help low income and minority adult students to obtain some basic information about operations of four media areas of: Newspaper, Radio, Television and Web.
Even though this is the orientation day, but Mr. Nghi Huynh, president of ACMI had explained clearly about objectives, curriculum, schedule and other outside class activities such as Media tours, job fair and graduation. He discloses that students will get a graduated certificates at the special gala with family members, community leaders and local/national media journalists.
In this session Mr. Tam Phan, editor of Nguoi Viet Minnesota and founder of Viet Minnesota Radio, shared his media experiences both in Vietnam (before 1975) and in the United States. He said that, “in order to success journalists must love the jobs not salary because the compensation is very low to start with.”
Mr. Thach Luan raised a question about some differences of media practices in Vietnam and in the U.S. Mr. Tam Phan stated that, “there is more editing by government officials in Vietnam but less competition. There is more freedom in the U.S. but also huge competition of readers,” he added.
During the discussion the participants, who numbers about 15 students that offered their visions and expectations about the class and their commitment to engage in this important field of media and broadband technology. They said that they would use what they learned to improve the media messages of their respective communities.