Pikirayi Deketeke, editor-in-chief of the Zimbabwe Newspapers ( Zimpapers) Group, conveyed the message during a meeting with He Ping, editor-in-chief of China's Xinhua News Agency who is here on a four-day visit aimed at enhancing media relations between the two countries.
"We want to have concrete cooperation with Xinhua News Agency in developing skills of our people in new media. We want to share experience because it is now a worldwide phenomenon that newspaper sales are declining while new media is rising," Deketeke said.
He noted that Zimpapers has traveled a long way to transform from a pure print media with over 120 years of history to a modern multimedia organization.
Zimpapers looks forward to cooperating with Chinese partners in the field of broadcast media, as well as in personnel training and equipment upgrade.
For his part, He spoke highly of Zimpapers' ability to adapt to the changing times and provide high-standard multimedia services.
"I am very impressed by your innovative spirit, and I think we should learn from you," the Xinhua editor-in-chief said of Zimpapers' expansion over the years into the new areas of digital, mobile and electronic media.
Xinhua, with a long history in traditional news and information services, is also trying hard to develop new media capabilities, he noted.
He added that Xinhua's international news coverage, based on the principle of objectivity and impartiality, aims to give developing countries a bigger voice in today's world.
"In our reporting, we always take the interests and concerns of developing countries into account," he stressed.
In a separate meeting, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation (ZBC) Chief Executive Happison Muchechetere told the Chinese visitor that compared with Western media, Xinhua's reporting on Zimbabwe is unbiased, credible and more balanced.
"We used to get news reports from western news agencies, but later on we realized that they are biased towards a certain group of people in the world. Now we refer to Xinhua News Agency for balanced and credible news," said Muchechetere.
The Chinese editor-in-chief responded that Xinhua, which launched its English language TV service CNC World just two years ago, also has much to learn from the Zimbabwean national broadcaster.
During his visit, He also met with Zimbabwe's Vice President Joice Mujuru and Information Minister Webster Shamu.