News writing course conducted in Nay Pyi Taw

Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun gives the opening speech at the opening ceremony for news writing course in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA
Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun gives the opening speech at the opening ceremony for news writing course in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

An opening ceremony for a news writing course conducted under the supervision of the Ministry of Information was held in the assembly hall of the ministry in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
The course aims to train media-related staff of government organisations to write, edit, produce and distribute news and press releases.
In his opening speech at the ceremony, Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun said that in a democratic country, the government is elected by the people and the people also pay taxes to fund the government. Government departments operating with public funds have the duty to report to the people systematically and transparently about their works, he noted.
This will reduce irregularities and corruption in government departments, support the establishment of a good and clean government, reduce suspicion and increase trust between the government departments and the people, he added.
To conduct news releases systematically, the departments responsible must create news releases. The trainees attending the course have this duty in their respective departments, and organisations need to systematically understand and learn news releasing techniques and methods. Trainees are urged to attend the course diligently and value it. As the news releasing techniques and methods are changing and developing all the time, everybody needs to study and remain up-to-date, said the deputy minister. The training course will include clicking of photographs, writing news, news media law, news personnel ethics, online publishing of news releases, and dos and don’ts on using social media. The five-day course will be conducted until 27 April, and more than 30 media staff from the Ministry of Information and 15 organisations are in attendance. —Myanmar News Agency

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