Press cen­ter al­lows for greater ac­cess

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YUNBI in Bei­jing zhangyunbi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Do­mes­tic and over­seas re­porters will have a chance to in­ter­view del­e­gates to the up­com­ing 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China as a spe­cial “del­e­gates’ pas­sage” will be set up for the first time at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple — the venue of the congress — to boost its trans­parency.

Jour­nal­ists were ad­vised to ar­rive an hour early. Times and other de­tails will be re­leased by the congress’s press cen­ter via its web­site and WeChat ac­count, ac­cord­ing to the Ser­vice Guide for Jour­nal­ists is­sued by the press cen­ter, which opened on Wed­nes­day.

Reg­is­tered re­porters from home and abroad started ar­riv­ing at the press cen­ter on Wed­nes­day to pick up their press cards for the al­limpor­tant, once-in-five-year po­lit­i­cal event that is ex­pected to map out China’s de­vel­op­ment path in the com­ing years.

Wang Dong­mei, deputy head of the Press Cen­ter of the 19th CPC Na­tional Congress, said in­tro­duc­ing the del­e­gates’ pas­sage will fur­ther fa­cil­i­tate me­dia in­ter­views with del­e­gates and will help di­ver­sify their cov­er­age of the congress.

At the two ses­sions in March, also held in the Great Hall of the Peo­ple, a pas­sage al­low­ing me­dia to ask ques­tions of min­is­ter-level of­fi­cials at­tend­ing the an­nual gath­er­ings of the top leg­is­la­ture and top po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body was in­tro­duced with suc­cess.

The “min­is­ters’ pas­sage” won praise from me­dia and ob­servers by giv­ing re­porters a greater chance to raise ques­tions on ur­gent public con­cerns.

Also on Wed­nes­day, the press cen­ter’s web­site and WeChat ac­count were put into use.

Hu Xiao­han, head of the press cen­ter, noted this is the first time the congress’s press cen­ter opened an of­fi­cial ac­count on the pop­u­lar so­cial net­work WeChat.

The WeChat ac­count will in­form re­porters of the congress’s agenda, lat­est up­dates, an­nounce­ments, no­tices and rel­e­vant information.

To echo the trend of me­dia in­te­gra­tion and ris­ing need to bring news to so­cial net­works, the press cen­ter for the first time also set up an in­ter­view room of­fer­ing ac­cess to 20 spe­cially pre­pared ca­bles to reach the in­ter­net, Hu said.

Yu Guom­ing, ex­ec­u­tive dean of Bei­jing Nor­mal Univer­sity’s School of Jour­nal­ism and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, said the new pas­sage demon­strates the Party’s ef­forts to in­no­vate in its in­ter­ac­tions with me­dia and em­brace greater open­ness.

While spokesper­sons make in­for­ma­tional brief­ings in an of­fi­cial style, del­e­gates come from var­i­ous vo­ca­tions, lev­els of ex­per­tise and places, and they may of­fer an­swers that bet­ter re­spond to public con­cerns, he said.

CAO XIAODONG / FOR CHINA DAILY

Pupils and teach­ers pose for a selfie in front of a “smil­ing face wall” ex­hibit in An­hui prov­ince on Wed­nes­day. The ex­hibit, in the for­mer New Fourth Army Memo­rial Hall, cel­e­brates the 19th Party Congress, start­ing next Wed­nes­day.

FENG YONGBIN / CHINA DAILY

A staff mem­ber goes through ma­te­ri­als at the Press Cen­ter of the 19th Na­tional Congress of the CPC in Bei­jing Me­dia Cen­ter Ho­tel on Wed­nes­day.

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