Revamp lets Zaobao readers hear the news

Lianhe Zaobao editor Goh Sin Teck (seated, centre) in discussion with other senior editors on enhancing the paper's reading experience for its audience. The revamped Chinese daily hits the streets today with new content and design.
Lianhe Zaobao editor Goh Sin Teck (seated, centre) in discussion with other senior editors on enhancing the paper's reading experience for its audience. The revamped Chinese daily hits the streets today with new content and design.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Chinese-language daily Lianhe Zaobao will unveil a new, more reader-friendly look across both its digital and print platforms from today.

Besides Web pages adjusted to suit the screen sizes of different mobile devices, the Zaobao app will also introduce a function allowing readers to have articles read aloud to them.

"This will allow readers who find it difficult to read Chinese to still access the vast world of information offered by Zaobao," said Ms Han Yong May, who is Lianhe Zaobao associate editor as well as digital editor of the Chinese Media Group at Singapore Press Holdings.

Zaobao All-in-One subscribers will now be able to access complete news stories online as soon as they are available without having to wait for the print edition, while StarHub subscribers will have unlimited data usage when they use the Zaobao app to read news stories or watch videos.

The print version will have a fresher look, with bigger pictures and more infographics as well as more white space to make reading easier on the eyes.

To commemorate the revamp, a party for readers will be held on Sept 10 at the Marina Barrage.

"In today's fast-moving world, Zaobao can no longer be just a newspaper," said editor Goh Sin Teck.

"What we want to offer readers is a multi-platform experience that informs and engages our readers throughout the day, according to their lifestyle needs.

"This also means that we have to transcend the richness of our printed word to include more exciting pictures, layout, animation, videos and user interaction."

Zhaki Abdullah

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 21, 2016, with the headline 'Revamp lets Zaobao readers hear the news'. Print Edition | Subscribe