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What does Chinese audience find newsworthy?
(China Daily)
Updated: 2009-11-24 08:03

What does Chinese audience find newsworthy?

Dear Editor,

I am a student majoring in communications at the Richard Stockton College of NJ in the United States, and I am writing on behalf of my international communications class.

I would like to start by saying that I am particularly pleased with the variety of information your online newspaper offers. I'm very much into entertainment and was checking out the Show Biz section of the website. One article I read was Pretty Woman Miley Cyrus. It didn't seem to have much of a point. For a newspaper of the standing of China Daily, I felt the article was irrelevant.

Here in the US, a popular celebrity website is PerezHilton.com. The article on Miley Cyrus seemed more appropriate for this website than your newspaper. Obviously, the article aroused my interest, but I have to say I was a little disappointed when I read through the whole thing. I mean no disrespect here, but I feel that maybe I just don't understand what is newsworthy material in China.

On the other hand, I enjoyed the details about her party. If a cast from a Broadway show is willing to perform at her birthday party on two weeks' notice, then Miley must be famous.

Maybe you could explain to me what the Chinese audience finds newsworthy? Or if the highlighting of Miley's fame is what the article is about.


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(China Daily 11/24/2009 page8)