The English-language daily newspaper Việt Nam News, multi-language magazine Vietnam Pictorial and multi-language electronic newspaper VietnamPlus, all run by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), will be developed into national newspapers serving external activities, according to a decision approved by the Prime Minister on November 24.
Under Prime Minister Decision 1976/QD-TTg , the Việt Nam News will be required to increase the number and quality of its articles as well as special columns and pages, increase the number of its online version’s readers and its popularity in important regions around the world.
It is also tasked to improve its online version and intensify multi-media information in cyber platforms.
Meanwhile, for the near future, the Vietnam Pictorial is expected to distribute its printed publications to 160 countries and territories around the world, with priority given to readers residing along the borders between Vietnam and Laos and China, and in Latin American countries.
Its printed publications will also be distributed in all border gates and Vietnamese embassies abroad to serve external relations.
From 2025, the electronic version of the Vietnam Pictorial will be developed in 10 languages with modern layout up to regional and global standards, thus meeting requirements of external activities.
At the same time, the VietnamPlus is expected to become an online newspaper with the most diverse forms of information and take the lead in application of new technologies in the production of e-news. It also plans to develop its Korean version in 2023, Japanese version in 2026 and German version in 2029, which will be on the Internet via the VNA’s portal.
As a result, it is hoped to rank among top five Vietnamese online newspapers with most views from abroad.
To fulfill the role of national newspapers, the Việt Nam News, Vietnam Pictorial and VietnamPlus will have to improve both quantity and quality of their articles, particularly those serving external relations and promoting Vietnam’s images and people.
Multi-media products will be developed based on digital technologies in line with the trend of modern journalism, while social media will be utilized to popularize news and information published by these newspapers.
Distribution channels of the printed newspapers will be diversified, making use of diplomatic, tourism and investment channels, as well as cooperation and information exchange with international news agencies and press.- (VLLF)