CNA holds internship workshop in Taichung for overseas bureaus

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CNA holds internship workshop in Taichung for overseas bureaus

Taipei, May 19 (CNA) Taiwan's Central News Agency on Saturday held the second leg of its "I'm an Overseas Correspondent" program that offered undergraduate college students in central Taiwan a chance to intern in overseas locations where CNA has reporters.

About 70 students with an interest in journalism took part on the first day of a two-day program in Taichung's Nantun District, where they learned the fundamentals of news reporting and writing, video production and editing.

At the workshop, students heard from CNA editor-in-chief Jay Chen (陳正杰) about his experiences as an overseas correspondent in the Ivory Coast, London and Washington D.C.

In his opening speech, CNA Chairman Liu Ka-shiang (劉克襄) said the program's goal is to instill in young reporters an understanding of the importance of international news gathering.

CNA President Chang Jui-chang (張瑞昌) said the program is an opportunity for young students to be sent abroad to learn and build on the experience from the agency's overseas correspondents.

According to Chang, the program is based loosely on "The Apprentice," the reality show that made Donald Trump a national celebrity, as it aims to identify and grooming "apprentices" who will one day become overseas correspondents for CNA.

In that spirit, visits have been made to 34 universities in Taiwan to introduce the program to students since Dec. 11, 2017, Chang said.

Working as an overseas correspondent for the national news agency is a dream for many young journalists, Chang said, and while not everyone will make the final cut, he hoped the students will not give up in the pursuit of their interests.

The first workshop was held in New Taipei May 5-6.

After the Taichung workshop ends Sunday, the third and last leg of the campaign will be held in Kaohsiung May 26-27, after which candidates will be selected among the workshop participants for an interview later in the year.

(By Su Mu-chun and Ko Lin)
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