Kaiyuan Za Bao

Kaiyuan Za Bao, or Kaiyuan Chao Bao, Bulletin of the Court,[1] was an official publication which first appeared in the 8th century, during the Kaiyuan era. It has been described as the first Chinese newspaper or official gazette,[2] and also as the world's first magazine.[3] Its main subscribers were imperial officials. Every day the political news and domestic news were collected by the editors, and the writers transcribed it to send to the provinces.[4] It was hand printed on silk, and appeared between 713 and 734.[5]

Kaiyuan Za Bao
Traditional Chinese開元雜報
Simplified Chinese

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  1. ^ Wen zong chu ban she, Hongkong. 中國的智慧 =: The wisdom of China : (中英文對照) / 香港文宗出版社編譯, 1953. Digitized from University of Michigan May 17, 2006.
  2. ^ Canadian Library Journal, Canadian Library Association, v. 27, 1992. Digitized Dec 27, 2007 from the University of California.
  3. ^ Murphy, Lawrence William. "An Introduction to Journalism: Authoritative Views on the Profession", 1930. T. Nelson and sons Journalism. Original from the University of California. Digitized Oct 23, 2007.
  4. ^ Chunming Li, Wei zhang, "Microfilming and digitization of newspapers in China", given at the 2006 World Library and Information Congress pre-conference Archived 2007-08-20 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "中华印刷通史". www.new-365.com (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 2007-09-29.