GLENDALE–Armenian National Committee-Western Regopm Internship-Externship Program participants on August 7 toured the Asbarez and Horizon TV offices where they were introduced to the day to day operations of Armenian American media outlets. Led by Ara Khachatourian, the English Edition Editor of Asbarez, and Harry Vorperian, the General Manager of Horizon TV, the interns learned about many aspects of creating television programming and publishing a newspaper.
Khachatourian led the interns on an educational tour through the Asbarez offices and discussed the process of producing a first class newspaper. He was joined by Armenian Edition Editor, Vatche Proudian, who spoke about the history of Asbarez and how the publication developed from a weekly newsletter published in Fresno into a daily newspaper based in Los Angeles that reaches over 500,000 Armenia’s throughout the western United States.
Khachatourian noted that Asbarez will be celebrating its 100th year of publication in 2008 and discussed some of the ways in which the staff was working to make more of the newspaper’s archives available to the public. He also pointed out ways in which Asbarez is making the news more accessible through its recently enhanced website with new content and breaking news alert features.
The ANC-WR IEP participants also went on the sets of Horizon 24 Hour Armenian TV. The largest and most diversified media corporation in the United States, Horizon broadcasts primarily in Armenian and offers Armenian-Americans across North America a diverse programming that covers developmen’s in both the Diaspora and Armenia. Vorperian gave the them a sneak peak at the upcoming season’s programs that will be aired on Horizon TV this autumn.
“It was amazing to see how many people are reached by Horizon TV and the Asbarez newspaper,” remarked Aida Siyahian, an ANC-WR Intern specializing in Public and Media Relations. “It was interesting to get a %u218behind the scenes’ look at two of the forums through which the Armenian National Committee raises awareness and reaches out to the community.”