A delegation of journalists from Indonesia paid a visit to the main office of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper in Ho Chi Minh City and was briefed on the paper’s business as well as social responsibility.
The 37 journalists come from newspapers, magazines, news sites, and TV stations in Riau, a province located in the central eastern coast of Sumatra along the Strait of Malacca.
A staff member made a presentation on the history of Tuoi Tre and the newspaper’s business over the past 44 years.
|An Indonesian journalist asks a question about a Tuoi Tre article during a visit to the newspaper's main office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, September 19, 2019. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre|
Tuoi Tre runs six publications, including Tuoi Tre Daily, Tuoi Tre Weekend Magazine, Tuoi Tre Cuoi (Caricature Tuoi Tre), Tuoi Tre Online, Tuoi Tre TV, and Tuoi Tre News.
It is financially independent of the government even though it is under the auspices of the Ho Chi Minh City chapter of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union.
|Tuoi Tre and Indonesian journalists sit down for a discussion at the newspaper's main office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, September 19, 2019. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre|
The Indonesian journalists were also briefed on Tuoi Tre’s social responsibility, including a fund called ‘For Future Development,’ which has raised more than VND370 billion (US$16 million) to financially support 80,000 students and provide aid for more than 3,500 teachers in the last three decades.
They asked questions about how Tuoi Tre has done its business and the Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Le The Chu, answered that the newspaper has become more focused on digital platforms given the rise of smartphones and social media.
“This is the common trend of newspapers worldwide,” Chu said.
|Two Indonesian journalists attend a discussion at the newspaper's main office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, September 19, 2019. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre|
He added that Tuoi Tre has about 100 full-time reporters while maintaining a vast network of contributors in Vietnam and around the world.
“Though we don’t have official correspondents in overseas offices but whenever any major event happens in a particular place, we will immediately second our reporters to cover it,” the chief editor said.
The Indonesian journalists expressed their admiration for Vietnam’s success in football recently, inquiring about the ‘recipe.’
“Vietnam and Indonesia can be considered the top football supporters in Southeast Asia,” Chu said.
|Tuoi Tre and Indonesian journalists take a group photo at the newspaper's main office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, September 19, 2019. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre|
“We have achieved success in recent times thanks to the support of fans, quality coaches, and youth training programs run by local clubs who have also established ties with several sides in Asia and Europe.”
The Vietnamese national team won the Southeast Asian trophy for the second time in a decade in 2018 and reached the 2019 AFC Asian Cup quarterfinals, while the U23 national squad finished second at the 2018 AFC U23 Championship in China and claimed the fourth place in men’s football at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.