CNA to continue overseas internship program next year

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(From Left-Right) Wu Sheng-hung, Tsai Peng-min, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), CNA Chairman Liu Ka-shiang (劉克襄), and Chi Jo-yao.

(From Left-Right) Wu Sheng-hung, Tsai Peng-min, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), CNA Chairman Liu Ka-shiang (劉克襄), and Chi Jo-yao.

Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) The Central News Agency (CNA) is planning to run its overseas internship program again in 2019 following the success this year of the inaugural program for undergraduate college students, CNA president Chang Jui-chang (張瑞昌) said Saturday.

At the closing ceremony of this year's program, Chang said CNA will always open its doors to students with the goal of giving them an experience that is different from studying in school.

He said planning had already started for the 2019 edition of "I'm an Overseas Correspondent," as the internship program is called, after the success of this year's initiative.

Wu Sheng-hung (吳昇鴻), a journalism student from Chinese Culture University who did the internship at the Chinese-language newspaper Sin Chew Daily in Kuala Lumpur, said the experience gave him an understanding of the importance of international news gathering.

Tsai Peng-min (蔡芃敏) from Shih Hsin University, who was sent to CNA's Washington bureau as an intern, said it was a unique experience that showed him how much hard work and dedication is required to serve as a successful overseas news correspondent.

National Taiwan University student Chi Jo-yao (齊若堯), who spent a month with the Indonesian news agency Antara in Jakarta, said the experience helped him gain confidence in his news reporting.

Wu, Tsai and Chi were the three students selected from a shortlist of seven for internship with an overseas news operation.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Taiwan's Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), commended CNA on the program, saying it will provide students with a broader perspective on the work of an overseas correspondent.

"Congratulations to CNA for pioneering this brilliant initiative," Chen said.

The "I'm an Overseas Correspondent" program was launched in May, starting with workshops across the country to select candidates for overseas internships.

From the 2,400 students who participated in the workshops, a shortlist of seven was chosen in June and three finalists were later selected.

At the closing ceremony, CNA Chairman Liu Ka-shiang (劉克襄) thanked all the people who helped make the inaugural program a success.

(By Chiang Pei-ling and Ko Lin)

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