RMIT Vietnam student Nguyen Tran Mai Chi has joined 100 delegates from 53 countries to explore the latest insights from leaders and disruptors in the media industry at a major media conference.
The first-year Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication) student was selected from more than 3,000 applicants worldwide to attend the recent Future News Worldwide (FNW) 2019 conference in London.
Chi’s position in the Ho Chi Minh Youth Union’s international department and an article she wrote about Vietnam’s LGBT community impressed the selection panel.
Chi, together with another delegate, were Vietnam’s first representatives to attend the international summit of young media makers.
During the two-day conference held at the Thomson Reuters headquarters, aspiring young journalists heard from some of the world’s most high-profile industry leaders, with a mixture of talks, interactive panel sessions, workshops and hands-on experiences.
Speakers included Sunday Times Chief Foreign Correspondent Christina Lamb, New Delhi Television Limited Managing Editor Screenivasan Jain and co-founder of the Myanmar Times and star of TED talk Talking to Spiders in Jail Sonny Swe.
“The keynote speeches and sharing knowledge with fellow participants was an eye-opening experience, with perspectives from what I have learnt and experienced here in Vietnam,” Chi said.
She started working as a collaborator journalist at the Youth Union when she started her degree, reporting on major events including the 2019 Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP).
“I was assigned to film, take photos and write articles about SSEAYP youth participants during their four-day stop in the country,” Chi said.
It’s one of many ways Chi has gained experience in communicating to local and international audiences since starting her degree, putting her in good stead for a public relations career.
At RMIT Vietnam, Chi studied Vietnamese media’s portrayal of people with diverse sexualities and gender identities during the Contemporary Approaches to Media and Communication subject.
“The broad and deep industry insights offered in the course are preparing me well for the future.”
“This valuable experience is a great foundation for us to create positive impacts and benefit our community in the future.”
Story: Ha Hoang