Radio Voice of Viet Nam and UNESCO hold training for radio broadcasters on disaster risk reduction
Da Nang, 27 September - From 25-27 September, 20 representatives from nine media organizations in coastal provinces of Central Viet Nam enhanced their capacities to report on disaster risk reduction through a three-day training delivered by expert media trainers from national Radio Voice of Viet Nam, Dang Quang Thuong and Nguyen Vinh Quyen.
Participants came from the VOV Bureau in Da Nang and the central provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Da Nang, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Quang Ngai, Hoi An and Quang Nam, which are frequently affected by disasters.
During the training, participants learned about general concepts on disaster risks, the most common disasters in the Central Region of Viet Nam and the information flow between disaster early warning offices and media in Central Viet Nam. Participants also identified local disaster risks and standard operating procedures that broadcasters should follow before, during and after disasters.
During the workshop, participants began development of media outputs for radio to raise wider public awareness on disaster risk reduction issues. 18 pieces of radio news, stories and programmes were produced during the workshop and were reviewed by VOV and UNESCO for their feedback. More will be produced by December.
During the training, participants also strengthened their capacities to train other local broadcasters on reporting on disaster risk reduction. As a result, 18 participants developed individual action plans for training of local broadcasters. Participants will submit their action plans to their radio station’s leadership for approval and implementation.
The workshop also provided participants a unique opportunity for networking. By working together in groups, the participants had the chance to share experience on their work on disaster risk reduction and training of colleagues as provincial and district broadcasters. Participants were invited to join the network of reporters on disaster risk reduction under the VOV Bureau in Central Viet Nam, which provides news stories and programmes on disaster risk reduction in the region to be broadcast on VOV.
Hoang Minh Nguyet, hm.nguyet(at)unesco.org
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