Friday, 22/04/2011 09:18

Musicians, journalists look to improved media coverage

HA NOI — Musicians and journalists have teamed up to form the Music and Journalism Club, aimed at improving media coverage of the music world.

The club will meet once every two months to exchange views on music and its coverage in the local media. The club will also host music shows, international music conferences and offer training for industry journalists.

According to musician Nguyen Thi Minh Chau, head of the Criticism and Theory Department of the Viet Nam Musicians Association, the club's establishment was aimed at reviewing the two sides' works.

Musicians could supply journalists with professional content and opinion while journalists would give more comprehensive reports on the latest in the world of music, she said.

Journalist Ha Minh Hue, deputy chairman of Viet Nam Journalists Association and head of the club's directing board, noted that Viet Nam's revolutionary music and revolutionary journalism had developed with each other over the past 60 years.

"Journalism has made a considerable contribution to developing domestic music, and music has also made media more vivid and interesting."

Hue added that the club would help music and journalism collaborate in a more effective way.

Films, other events to help celebrate Earth Day

HA NOI — The Ha Noi Environmental Group (HEG) is holding a series of activities to celebrate Earth Day, April 22.

Film lovers have an opportunity to watch locally produced short films from the Viet Nam Green Documentary Film Competition (VietDocs) and the Story of... animations by Annie Leonard in the First Annual HEG Film Week at Cinematheque (22A Hai Ba Trung) on April 19-22.

On April 23, HEG's volunteers will take part in activities including cleaning up West Lake and tree planting.

In 2009, the United Nations proclaimed April 22 "International Mother Earth Day".

HEG is a social network interested in resolving growing environmental issues by building co-operation between individuals, private sector, foreign and local government agencies and NGOs.

Traffic project seeks scripts for short films on ‘traffic'

HCM CITY — A film project titled 89,600km+... is seeking short films scripts on the topic of the nation's traffic from filmmakers.

The five best scripts for a 6 to 10 minute short film will be selected, and provided with VND10 million (US$476), with additional funding for their editing. The project originated from actress Hong Anh, deputy director of Blue Productions Company.

"I hope that this subject will inspire the creativity of young film lovers, especially city residents," Anh said.

The scripts should be emailed to or be sent to the following address: Blue Productions, first floor, Van Hanh Building, 207 Dien Bien Phu, District 3, HCM City, before May 4. — VNS

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