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Jakarta Post

Chinese papers attracting younger readers

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 15 2008   /  12:20 pm

Eight years ago, when local Chinese newspapers began emerging in the city, it was hard for them to attract writing contributions from their readers. Over time, however, things have changed, albeit only a little. "When I set up a page publishing writing from children and youths, I had to ask my own grandchild to write something just to fill the page," said Bambang Suryono, the chief editor of Yin Ni Guo Ji Ri Bao (Indonesian International Daily News). The 20-page Guo Ji Ri Bao, first published in 2001, started a page the next year dedicated to contributions from young readers. "Now school children as young as kindergarteners are lining up to have their writing published in this newspaper," he said. Bambang is no novice in the newspaper business. Born more than seven decades ago, he once worked for the Chinese edition of Warta Bakti ...