Journalists nationwide were feted for their manifold contributions to socioeconomic development in several localities Saturday to mark the 84th Vietnam Journalism Day, which falls today.
The Da Nang Journalists Association presented medals to nine journalists for career excellence and awarded 50 works of excellent quality, while the city's People's Committee awarded certificates of merit to media agencies that had successfully fulfilled their tasks last year.
In the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong, the local Journalists Association also awarded prizes for excellent works and provincial authorities praised the work of journalists in advancing socio-economic development and social security.
Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union's Central Committee Secretary, Phan Van Mai, visited the Thanh Nien Newspaper Saturday. He lauded the paper for disseminating information about the union's activities and several youth campaigns; encouraging youth to participate in the campaign "To follow Ho Chi Minh's example in learning and living"; and strengthening patriotism.
Mai said Thanh Nien's discovery and encouragement of talented youth and its in-depth reporting on several youth-related issues will help the central committee make and adjust suitable plans for its activities.
Thanh Nien also received representatives from different government agencies who offered floral tributes and congratulatory messages to the newspaper.
Three Thanh Nien reporters, Minh Nam, Hoai Nam and Diep Duc Minh have been chosen to receive awards presented by the 2008 National Journalism Awards Committee. They will receive their awards at a ceremony in Hanoi that will be aired live on Vietnam Television Station VTV1 at 8:30 p.m. Sunday.