Traditional media can survive digital era

Print media could stay relevant despite strong competition from electronic media options like online newspapers and social networks, German journalists said yesterday at a meeting with the University of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Each country has a particular media environment, and in Viet Nam traditional news outlets face many obstacles, given the development of electronic media, Pham Quang Minh, the university's vice rector said during a dialogue yesterday.

Participants from the university and the German Konrad Adenauer Stiftung foundation discussed the status of media in Viet Nam and Germany, the challenges for traditional media and the code of conducts for reporters and journalists.

The event came as Germany and Viet Nam celebrated their 40th year of relations.

Georg Fahrion, a reporter at Capital Magazine in Berlin, said lower costs and expenses, better accessibility and up-to-the-minute information boosted electronic media's ability to draw in readers.

However, it's hard to verify the information provided by electronic media, and a lack of verifiable news could hurt society, he said. The first two things that print and electronic media must guarantee are the accuracy of information and journalistic conduct.


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