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Social network becomes local press's partnership, competitor

Update: December, 02/2015 - 17:25

Dinh Thi Thuy Hang, director of the Journalism Training Centre makes a speech at the conference on Wednesday. — Photo 

HA NOI (VNS) — Social networks can be a tool for local press as well as a major competitor. They can put big pressure on the press to adapt with the development of social network.

How to compete with the speed of information shared by social networks, how to quickly use diverse information from social networks but still ensure the accuracy of information, were hot topics that at a press conference organised this morning in Ha Noi by the Viet Nam Journalist Association and Nguoi Lam Bao (Journalist) Magazine.

Dinh Thi Thuy Hang, director of the association's Journalism Training Centre said the reading habits of people were changing. People read news via shared links on their social network's account rather than accessing a newspaper's website.

Press agencies need to change to keep up with this change, such as posting news via social network accounts to reach readers, she said.

Nguyen Thanh Loi, editor-in-chief of the magazine said that despite the pressure of competing with social network's information-sharing speed, journalists had to fact check before using information from social networks.

Nguyen Dinh Hau, from the Journalism and Communications Department of the Ha Noi National University, said press agencies were advised to instantly update news to ensure they compete with social networks, he said.

Press agencies were also advised to partner with social network providers, he said.

Statistics from, announced in January, showed that Vietnamese people ranked ninth globally in spending 3.1 hours daily on social network. — VNS

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