Media organizations can help boost people-to-people bonds between Hong Kong and other cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Wang Zhimin, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, said on Sunday.
This is because a more cohesive community will enhance the special administrative region's integration into the nation's overall development, and help the city grasp the development opportunities in a timely manner, he told the opening ceremony of the first Media Summit of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area in Guangzhou on Sunday.
Media outlets, by telling stories about the Bay Area, could bring people living in the 11-city cluster closer as they are well-informed about what's happening in the region, said Wang.
He cited a recent survey which showed a 25-percent increase in the number of young Hong Kong people with basic knowledge about the Bay Area. This is due to the fact that more than 5,000 stories related to the Bay Area have been published in Hong Kong since February this year, he said.
Wang urged media organizations to adopt new ways of thinking, as well as advanced technology, to tell stories about the Bay Area.
On the same page was Fu Ziying - Wang's counterpart in the Macao SAR - who suggested that media groups should deepen collaboration among them.
Fu, who also spoke at the summit's opening ceremony, said that would maximize the media's impact on the progress of development in the Bay Area.
He also hoped that media organizations would tell more stories about Macao, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of its return to the motherland this year.
The media summit - the first of its kind held in the Bay Area - also drew top officials from the central government and local governments in the Bay Area, including Huang Kunming, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and also head of the CPC Central Committee's Publicity Department; Secretary of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the CPC Li Xi; and HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.
The opening ceremony was followed by three parallel panel meetings in the afternoon.
At one of the panel meetings themed on the Bay Area and the Belt and Road Initiative, Song Ping - deputy editor-in-chief of China Daily Hong Kong - introduced China Daily's approach in reporting Bay Area stories.
Besides traditional print stories and photographs, China Daily has made great efforts in presenting the Bay Area through various media formats, like videos, illustrations, webpages for computer and mobile apps, and newsletters, Song said.
China Daily has also actively cooperated with leading international news outlets, including 23 media organizations that are also members of the Asia News Network, in presenting stories about the Bay Area and the Belt and Road countries to the world.