|publishing company||Friday Mediengesellschaft mbH & Co. KG ( Germany )|
|First edition||November 9, 1990|
|Frequency of publication||weekly (thursdays)|
|Sold edition||24,536 copies|
|( IVW 2/2020)|
|Editors-in-chief||Philip Grassmann (ViSdP)
|executive Director||Jakob Augstein
der Freitag is a national German weekly newspaper , founded in 1990 with the subtitle Die Ost-West-Wochenzeitung . In 2009, after a change of ownership, the newspaper was significantly redesigned: In addition to the appearance and content, there were mainly personnel changes. At the same time the subtitle was changed to The Opinion Medium. The day of publication of the print edition is Thursday, place of publication Berlin . Jakob Augstein has been the publisher since 2008 and has also been editor-in-chief since February 2013 (with a six-month break in 2017) . Since September 2019 the subtitle has been Die Wochenzeitung .
The newspaper's political stance is considered left-wing liberal. In an interview in 2017, Jakob Augstein said that Friday may not have a “ editorial policy ”, but “there is the character and identity of a newspaper. We are a left newspaper. (...) There are two left thought traditions between which there is a predetermined breaking point that we have to pay attention to. One is out for equality, for internationalization, for a liberal society. The other stands for justice and identity. I think it is our job to think about the proximity and distance of these two strands. "
The design of Friday's layout has already received numerous awards, including from the Art Directors Club, the Lead Awards, the European Newspaper Award and the Society for News Design.
History and structures
1990 to 2009: The East-West weekly newspaper
The Friday was founded in 1990 in Berlin. In it, the East Berlin Sunday (founded in 1946), the DKP -near Deutsche Volkszeitung (founded in 1953 and largely financed by the SED ) and Die Tat (founded in 1949 by the VVN ) became a new, all-German newspaper. The Friday saw his journalistic task first of all, the unification of the two German states to accompany critically and constructively and to provide a forum for East-West debate. He primarily addressed an urban, educated, left-wing bourgeois readership. A reader survey in 2006 showed that around a third of Friday readers came from the new federal states.
The founding editors were Günter Gaus (†), Wolfgang Ullmann (†), Gerburg Treusch-Dieter (†) and Christoph Hein . When asked what the term “left” meant to him, Gaus answered in an interview with Alexander Kluge in 1993: “I mention left that people consider social issues to be paramount. That the social answers that are given are checked very skeptically every time to see whether they can really be more than one day's answer. "
Until 1996 belonged Friday the media Schmidt & Partner, which among other things, for the publisher elephant Press was responsible. In the spring of that year, Friday was sold for the symbolic price of one mark. The then new owner group included the journalists Ursel Sieber , Wolfgang Storz and Holger Schmale , the doctor Willi Brüggen and the social scientist Frieder Otto Wolf . The new publishers managed to free the company from almost the entire debt burden of around 1.5 million marks.
New start in 2008/2009: The opinion medium
On May 26, 2008, the publisher and journalist Jakob Augstein bought Friday and formally took over the newspaper on June 1 of that year. Under Augstein, Friday was initially given a new editorial structure: from autumn 2008 onwards, Philip Grassmann , previously at the Süddeutsche Zeitung , was editor-in-chief of the editorial team, which had previously been organized on a grassroots level. His deputy was Jörn Kabisch from 2010 to 2012 , previously at taz . Jana Hensel succeeded him in April 2012 . She left the paper at the end of 2014 “at her own request”. Her successor was the previous head of Culture and Everyday Life, Michael Angele . Katja Kullmann has been deputy editor-in-chief since March 2016 . Augstein himself joined the editor-in-chief in February 2013. In the middle of June 2010 Ulrike Winkelmann moved from taz to Friday and became head of the political department. She left the paper after just under a year and returned to taz . From September 2011 to February 2013 she was followed by Verena Schmitt-Roschmann , who was previously the national political correspondent at dapd . Janine Sack was the art director until February 2013 . Similar to the taz , editors and authors earn significantly less than with other newspapers.
In 2008, Detlev Hustedt took over the management of Freitag Mediengesellschaft mbH & Co. KG . He was previously deputy general advertising manager at the WELT group and advertising manager at the weekly newspaper Die Woche , as well as managing director of the news agency pressetext.deutschland. In March 2010, Managing Director Hustedt left on Friday . For the restart, the Friday increased its circulation of the 06/2008 edition to 70,000 copies. Likewise, the number of sales outlets nationwide was briefly increased to more than 20,000.
After the first advertisements for branded articles appeared on Friday , which had previously been poorly advertised , there were discussions on the letter to the editor about the future course of the paper, in which Augstein pointed out the economic necessity of the advertising business and underlined the editorial independence of Friday from all external interests.
On February 5, 2009, the newspaper and its website were redesigned. In addition to the editors' articles and an archive, bloggers are now also given the opportunity to publish their own contributions in the “community”. A selection from this is published weekly in the printed edition. The number of editorial staff was increased from seven to twenty and the sales outlets fifteen-fold. The publishing house has 35 employees. The title logo has been changed, the names of the editors have been removed from the title page; the imprint no longer contained any reference to Sonntag or the Volkszeitung .
In December 2011, the publisher Augstein separated from the previous editors of the newspaper Daniela Dahn , György Dalos , Frithjof Schmidt and Friedrich Schorlemmer . He justified this with the fact that the transition phase in the takeover of the newspaper had now been completed, Friday now had the character of a 'normal newspaper' (and no longer a 'project'), from which it follows that the institute's publisher opted for the Friday survived. The background was a contribution by Dahn to the civil war in Libya , which could not appear on Friday , so that she published it in the papers for German and international politics .
In the first few years after the takeover by Augstein, the newspaper was only able to keep afloat financially through his subsidies. Friday's losses were actually financed by gains on Augstein's Spiegel shares. As a reaction to the economic misery of the paper, Augstein announced that the 40-strong editorial team would be reduced by nine positions in 2013. The number of copies sold has increased slightly since then. The annual financial statements of Der Freitag Mediengesellschaft mbH & Co. KG for the 2015 financial year had shown a deficit of 91,986.59 euros that was not covered by capital contributions. According to Augstein's presentation from the beginning of 2017, Friday no longer makes any losses and is therefore no longer dependent on his financial support.
Since October 2009 the newspaper has organized the political event series “Friday Salon” , since 2015 in cooperation with the Berlin radio station radioeins , which broadcasts the discussion with Jakob Augstein and his respective guest live on the radio. The “radioeins and Friday Salon” took place in Berlin's Maxim-Gorki-Theater until February 2019 , and since March 2019 it has been in the Volksbühne Berlin .
2017 to 2018: Jürgen Todenhöfer as editor
At the beginning of 2017, Augstein re-created the "survived" post of editor and appointed Jürgen Todenhöfer to do so. According to Augstein's statement in an interview with the taz , his function was limited to the fact that Todenhöfer advises the editor-in-chief and is allowed to come to the conferences. When asked that this was “not a lot” and what Todenhöfer was needed for, Augstein referred to Todenhöfer's “huge fan base on the Internet” and described him as “a completely independent publicist”. It is hoped to win new readers among its 700,000 Facebook fans. Since he is accused of an "anti-Western attitude", the appointment was criticized in social networks. Todenhöfer has had little influence on the editorial team since his appointment and only came to their conference once a month, without any opinions being forced or suppressed. In the first half of 2017 he only published three of his own texts on Friday.
In February 2017, Augstein denied to the Süddeutsche Zeitung that editorial members wanted to leave Friday due to Todenhöfer's appointment, but admitted that there had been a dispute within the editorial staff about the self-image of the paper on this occasion. Until the beginning of July 2017, however, the deputy editor-in-chief Katja Kullmann, the text editor Thomas Kaiser, the art director Max Sauerbier, the film critics Ekkehard Knörer and Lukas Foerster as well as the sports journalists Elke Wittich and Martin Krauss left the team. Kullmann justified her step by saying that she scared off the "journalistic environment" of Todenhöfer. His appointment as editor was “politically negligent to dangerous”, “right now it would be important to draw a clear line between the red and brown camp.” Krauss, who had been a freelance journalist for Friday for over a quarter of a century, cited the reason for the fact that Todenhöfer served anti-Semitic stereotypes. The deputy editor-in-chief Michael Angele called the appointment of Todenhöfer a "wrong signal", but remained.
In March 2017 Augstein replaced Philip Grassmann with Christian Füller as editor-in-chief and withdrew from the editor-in-chief to concentrate on his role as a publisher.
In 2017 there was a legal dispute with a freelance writer. When the investigative journalist and mafia expert Petra Reski was massively intimidated and sued on the basis of an article published on Friday on organized crime , her publisher Augstein refused any support in 2017 and moved her explicitly into the vicinity of “ lying press ” and “ fake news ”. Reski then sued Augstein. The verdict in November 2017 was “mixed”, but overall “for the publisher”, found the Meedia industry service - the court rated some of Augstein's statements as admissible statements of opinion, B. the accusation of "poor research".
In October 2017, Friday was the third medium after the herb reporters and the time to sign the Code of Fairness of Freischreiber , the professional association of freelance journalists, in all 10 points . The code is a voluntary commitment for editors and includes ten rules for dealing with freelance journalists. Carola Dorner, chairwoman of Freischreiber eV, said on the occasion of the signing: “You can criticize Jakob Augstein for a lot of things that went wrong in the Reski case - and we have clearly done that. Today we are pleased that the editors have committed to the Code of Fairness, and we expressly welcome the fact that a publisher and editor-in-chief is daring to sign a voluntary commitment and do it better in the future. "
In September 2017, after only six months, Augstein replaced Füller with himself as the editor-in-chief responsible for press law. He also appointed Michael Angele to the chief editor and hired Simone Schmollack from taz on December 1, 2017 . On January 9, 2018, Friday announced that Todenhöfer had given up his position as editor. The reasons given were his trips to crisis areas and his journalistic and social commitment, which meant that Todenhöfer could not adequately fulfill his task on Friday . In June 2018 Simone Schmollack left again on Friday .
2019: "Friday - the opinion medium" becomes "Friday - the weekly newspaper"
With issue 36 of September 5, 2019, Friday appeared for the first time with the new subheading “Der Freitag - Die Wochenzeitung” and a redesigned front page with the logo at the top compared to the previous layout. According to the publisher, the new subline is intended to "underline its strength as a weekly newspaper and thus as a medium for background and analysis". In March 2020, editor-in-chief Michael Angele was replaced by Philip Grassmann, who was editor-in-chief from September 2008 to March 2017.
Since it was founded, the circulation has decreased significantly. In 1990 it was still around 50,000 copies. From the end of 1998 to the end of 2008 it fell by around 15 percent. Between October 2009 and June 2011 the edition was no longer reported to the IVW .
Since the relaunch in 2009, the Friday has increased in circulation. The circulation sold has increased by an average of 6.1% per year since 2008. In contrast, it fell by -1.9% last year. It is currently 24,536 copies. The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 76.9 percent.
Development of the number of copies sold
Development of the number of subscribers
Content and newspaper books
The Friday existed since the relaunch of three newspaper books . The existing books Politics and Culture have been revised and the new, third book Everyday has been added. In the book Everyday , portraits, larger interviews, reading pieces and columns as well as preprints of non-fiction books are planned. Since September 2014, Friday has a fourth book "Economy" once a month; the department is headed by Sebastian Puschner. In June 2016 Robinson appeared for the first time - a longread part with reports and interviews, now renamed "The Guardian Reportage".
- First book, as before: Politics under the direction of Sebastian Puschner
- Economy (once a month)
- Culture under the direction of Christine Käppeler
- everyday life
- The Guardian Reportage (currently 6 times a year)
A new element of the print edition was, for example, the weekly chronicle on page 12. The editorial team also compiles the most important events of the previous week in a subjective selection. The everyday story , a journalistic-literary short story , was further developed and provided with a large illustration . In addition, the knowledge section of the newspaper was expanded to include two pages. This was later assigned to the features section, which has since included two additional film pages. Also new were the Lexicon of the Present (A – Z) and the storyboard, in which an illustrator draws on the basis of a true story but brings it to an end according to his own ideas. The literature section was initially shortened, but then gradually expanded again: Friday contains two literature pages, and special literature pages and special supplements on crime fiction and non-fiction are published several times a year.
Although the press code of the German Press Council in its guideline 2.6 basically stipulates that letters should be printed with full names, on Friday's letters to the editor, mostly pseudonymous and anonymous letters from readers appear on the blogs of the Friday community. The editors are of the opinion that they do not need to know the names of those affected, and in doing so they are transferring the customs in their web forum to the printed newspaper. The German Press Council found this procedure to be compliant with the guidelines as long as reference was made to the origin of the contributions. However, this notice is not found on the letters to the editor. From spring 2018 to autumn 2019 there were no letters to the editor in the print edition.
Friday appears in the so-called Rhenish format (type area is 325 mm wide and 465 mm high) every Thursday with 24 completely four-color pages.
The Friday online
The website was completely redesigned on February 5, 2014. The British syndication partner Guardian and Observer also publish their own texts translated into German online several times a day . The editorial team works on both the print and the online edition.
Editorial contributions are on an equal footing with those of the community , which is intended to serve as a platform for “critical debates and controversial perspectives”. It is based on the Guardian offering , which currently has thirteen million users. Readers are given the opportunity to express their content. The Friday would closely combine online and print output.
Users can comment and rate articles as well as post on their own blog. Selected contributions will be honored and included in the print edition. A distinction is made between commentators, bloggers and publicists. In the opinion of the editors and the community, the latter contribute to higher quality content in the long term. In order to create transparency in the sources of the articles, the articles - depending on their origin - are also provided with color codes in the print edition.
The editorial concept for the interaction of blog and print has been changed several times. Augstein had expressed himself critical of the political blogosphere against the background of the current newspaper crisis.
The former freelancer at Freitag Rudolf Walther drew a rather sober conclusion in February 2014 on the fifth anniversary of the newspaper reform. Many former editors and freelancers have left the paper. The reference to the Guardian's model in the connection of print and online was an "attack of overconfidence". The online community has developed into a “children's playground”. In the meantime it has become clear that "you can invest and sink money online, but only earn some with the printed newspaper". Whether there will still be Friday in five years' time is uncertain in view of the stagnating circulation.
Eight years after the relaunch, Augstein had the following to say about the community: “The results are mixed. We had high hopes for local community journalism. So that people report on things that are happening around them. These hopes have not really come true. On the other hand, the debates on issues that we deal with in “Friday” work very well. The community accompanies the newspaper, so to speak, and stimulates it with ideas and texts. The vast majority of our web content now comes from the community ”.
Syndication partner The Guardian
The Friday is a collaboration with the British newspaper The Guardian for English speakers. The Guardian delivers three to eight articles translated into German per issue. According to Augstein, this should lead to more international issues on Friday .
According to Colin Hughes, Managing Director The Guardian , the collaboration is only just beginning: "We hope that we can deepen the relationship over time."
The Guardian already maintains similar collaborations with more than 80 media partners worldwide. “The concept that Mr. Augstein developed fits very well with our ideas. The Friday is to make a perfect partner with whom we like to work with our content to a new readership to, "said Hughes.
In February 2010, the Society for News Design , based in Orlando (Florida), along with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and the New York Times, recognized the newspaper as the World's Best Designed Newspaper 2009 . At the LeadAwards given in Hamburg in March 2010 , the online offer received the award in the category of web magazine of the year . In 2013, Freitag received a silver medal in the lead newspaper of the year category . At the awards given by the German Art Directors Club in Frankfurt am Main in May 2010 , the online offer received a bronze nail in the Online Editorial category . For the satirical contribution Integrate! Ulrike Winkelmann, Head of Politics, was awarded the 2011 Alternative Media Prize for the Sarrazin debate . In December 2011 Jakob Augstein was awarded the Bert Donnepp Prize - German Prize for Media Journalism 2011 with "special honor". In November 2018, Friday was named European Newspaper of the Year 2018 in the weekly newspaper category as part of the 20th European Newspaper Award .
Voices for Friday
The following comment refers to the Friday before the restart in 2009:
" Friday is the smartest German weekly newspaper today - small, but unmistakably sovereign, sometimes pleasantly anachronistic."
After she left the editor, Daniela Dahn said about the further development of Friday since 2009:
“I did not want to give up the claim to provide counter information and to preserve the analytical and intellectual substance. I also didn't want to see the new everyday part limited to distraction, lifestyle, celebrities from the cultural industry or even tabloid stories. These should be supplemented, for example, by more stories from the academic and manufacturing world of work, stories of survival that tell how the economy sparks into the everyday life of completely normal people. I thought it was premature that Friday gave up building bridges between West and East (Europe). In short, over time, to my regret, our ideas about the identity of the newspaper have drifted away. "
The taz wrote in 2017 about Jakob Augstein's role on Friday :
"With him, the old Kulturwehmutsblatt under the sign of a popular front idea of all 'progressive forces' that was never brought about became a newspaper with current issues."
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