by Carl Sisolak
Huong Dinh, an international student from Vietnam studying for the Diocese of Oakland, said during our interview that he wanted to learn to speak English better by being a journalist. Dinh said that English was his second language and it was good practice to learn his language skills. Dinh said that he is also seeking to improve his writing skills.
Although this is his first year as a journalism student and third year as a college student at Mount Angel Seminary, Dinh already has some good ideas as to which writing tools would make for a successful journalist. Dinh said that with a story you should try to make sure you have all the facts so you can get the full picture of what is going on that relates to your story. Dinh said that some of the skills of a good journalist include how to get information by making your interviewee comfortable with being asked questions and by asking the right questions.
Dinh asked a number of questions about the reporter, showing a few of the skills that a good journalist would like to have in his journalism toolbox.
In addition, Dinh also said there are several good ways to find a great lead for news stories and mentioned photography. He suggests that you write about things you like to write about. He also mentioned that it is good to check with the formation directors and your sources to see if it is okay to interview them before you do so. Photography is one of Dinh's hobbies that will also benefit his journalism work.
Dinh said he would like to work at writing more stories about our cultural events such as those put on by our Hispanic, Filipino, and Samoan communities. One of those events for the Hispanic community in December is a celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Dinh plays for several athletic teams for Mount Angel, most notably volleyball and soccer. Dinh said he will also be looking to pursue some stories about the players and games played.