Developing Writing Skills of DEQP Staff

DEQP staff is often confronted with the task to write a press release, web news or newspaper article on technical matters related to environmental protection. In addition to a solid technical background in environmental science, this demands basic writing skills. To this effect, ProCEEd invited DEQP personnel to a one-day writeshop at Vientiane Plaza Hotel on 6-7 April, 2015.

 

The project’s development communication consultant and trainer introduced the 5Ws and the 3Cs as the fundamental principles of any type of journalistic writing. The 5Ws are Who-What-When-Where-Why, which any press release, news or article should address within the headline and the so-called lead. The lead comprises the first paragraph of 2-4 sentences which should contain the most important facts. Additional information can be incorporated in the so-called body of the journalistic text. The least important information should be positioned towards the end of an article where it can be cut short if necessary. Moreover, each news or article should be correct, clear and concise, hence covering the 3Cs.

 

The writeshop participants first analyzed articles from Lao newspapers and the proCEEd website as far as the 5Ws and the 3Cs were concerned. They then put to practice what they had learned when everyone wrote an article in Lao language of no more than 800 words on the environmental bus tour workshop they had participated in on 25-27 March, 2015. All of the eight participants got the 5Ws right at the first push. Three out of eight also met the 3C criteria. With only a few editorial changes by the trainer, the web news on the environmental bus tour preparation on this website, dated 9 April, 2015 is an immediate result of this writeshop and the first article published by a DEQP staff member on the ProCEEd website.

 

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ENVIRONMENTAL FILMS



You can now watch 12 professionally produced documentary films broadcast on LNTV in 2017. Three or four episodes of 15 minutes each make up for a mini-series that focuses on a specific topic, e.g. wildlife or forest protection. More films supported by ProCEEd and other GIZ projects are shown as well.

ENVIRONMENTAL RADIO



You can listen in to selected radio programs produced by LNR Khammouane in Thakek and Boualapha as well as by LNR Huaphan in Sam Neua and Houameuang. Some of them have even been translated into Khmu and Hmong language. Three 15-min episodes make up for a mini-series that focuses on a specific topic.

ENVIRONMENTAL TOURS



At the provincial and district level, Environmental Tours with entertaining environmental education activities regularly tour four provinces and Vientiane Capital. A bus and a truck using solar-powered equipment facilitate film, theatre and local learning and discussion initiatives. Don’t miss the tour!