Readers offer suggestions to PD Online

17:02, September 10, 2010      

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Readers of People's Daily Online English service offered suggestions as to content, functions and page layout, etc, to editors at a symposium today.

Sonia F. Urbom (in red), Assistant Spokesperson with the Embassy of the United States of America in China joins group discussion at Symposium on the development of the English Service of People's Daily Online on Sept. 10.

Some have suggested the editors to come up with more characteristic and authoritative contents for the readers around the world.

Natalie Thomas, a journalism student from Beijing Foreign Studies University voices her suggestions on the development of the English Service of People's Daily Online on Sept. 10.

"As a site built by People's Daily, the site needs more characteristic contents which distinguish itself from other websites in China. You should publish more commentaries and explanations to China's policies and, since it is the authority voice of China," said Huang Yuan, a student with the University of Communications in Beijing.

A few readers have mentioned the improvement of the interactive features. Oscar, a Swedish student studying in China said: "I enjoy reading the comments made by the readers. I like them more than the news. So it will be better for the comments to be shown directly under the news."

Justin Ward, a linguistic expert with the English Service of People's Daily Online takes questions from readers at the Symposium on Sept. 10.

The reader's symposium is aimed at collecting more readers' feedback and advice to help make the site more user-friendly.

Li Yijing from Morgan Stanley in China joins group discussion on the development of the English Service of People's Daily Online on Sept. 10.

More than 30 Chinese and foreign readers from embassies, universities and all walks of life participated in the symposium where they interacted with the editors.

A Chinese student joins group discussion at the Symposium on Sept. 10.

Since inception in 1998, the English service of People's Daily Online has grown to be an important window through which international readers can understand and take a glimpse into China. It is know for its authoritative, accurate and timely news and opinions and forum as well as diverse contents ranging from politics, business to culture.

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