Vietnam, October, 31st, 2017 (Vi Cao). On 4th March, 2017, the first JESCOM Media Education Workshop was launched in the curia of Vietnam Province of the Society of Jesus (SJVN) organized by Jesuit Communication Committee. The program was inspired by the VJ training program (CommLab) by SIGNIS.

“At first the objective of the workshop was to provide pocket training for young people and build up a network of skilled volunteers for SJVN who are sensitive with information, eager to share and able to share” said Rev. Nguyen Van Yen, S.J. After two workshops on March and April, the program is now searching for sponsorship in order to maintain as bi-monthly meaningful and useful training program for young Catholics across the country whom would like to be messenger of peace and enthusiastic work with the Church.

There are two levels of training: Basic and Advance. The basic workshop focuses on photography and film and brings participants to criticize the photo they took, and then teaches them about composition, framing, and basic techniques of the camera. By going through the fundamental rules, the instructor hopes that later, whenever they compose a photo for their youth Catholic groups, the photo can be used and able to deliver a message.

After half day “playing” with the camera and taking photos, participants move to the filming part. This part also goes through very basic techniques including handling the camera, composition, framing, cuts, basic rules, and some basic knowledge on Adobe Premier. The advance workshop is more about working with the software, dealing with technical issues and also communication ethics and Catholic teachings.

“The productions are good and interesting, but the superior and other fathers do not value the quality of the videos as much as the attitude and the enthusiasm that the participants had showed, and the productions give us hope that if we continue this program, we will have a huge network of capable young people who are skillful and spiritual” – Rev. Nguyen Van Yen, S.J.

Five workshops were conducted as well as one in collaboration with the Salesian sisters. The organisation strongly believes that all young Catholics have goodwill to serve and talents to offer as long as they are given tools and are empowered.

More information about JESCOM Media Education Program, kindly contact Rev. Nguyen Van Yen, S.J. via jescom.vn@gmail.com