|The forum was a collaboration between the Vietnam News Agency, Viet Nam Television, Thanh Nien News and the Hoa Sen Group.— VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— The nation's mass media organisations have to play a major role in encouraging the youth to adopt an active, healthy and moral lifestyle, sociologists, psychologists and other experts said at a forum yesterday.
The forum was a collaboration between the Vietnam News Agency, Viet Nam Television, Thanh Nien News and the Hoa Sen Group.
"If press reports news in a truthful, accurate and impartial way, we will live in a society with honest and responsible citizens", said Le Duy Truyen, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam News Agency.
Journalist Bui Thu Thuy of the Viet Nam Television also said how the media reported news is very significant. For instance, robberies and murders should be reported in a constructive way that deters others from similar actions, she said.
"It should be done in a way that makes people detest evil instead of making them think that these are normal happenings in society," she explained.
Citing another example, she said that in reporting a traffic accident where a car driver has fled the scene of the accident, there should be information for the reader or the viewer on what she/he can do in a similar situation.
Thuy also said the media should come up with creative and interesting programming that encourages the youth to lead honest, responsible and energetic lives. This can be done by highlighting examples of lives worthy of emulation, she said.
Nguyen Tung Lam, President of the Ha Noi Association of Psychology and Education, said the media can play a decisive role in promoting self-awareness among young people. This would improve their life skills and encourage them to make positive contributions to society, he said. — VNS