Heidenheim newspaper

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Heidenheim newspaper
description German daily newspaper
publishing company Heidenheimer Zeitung GmbH & Co. KG
First edition January 3, 1849
Frequency of publication Monday to Saturday
Sold edition 23,792 copies
( IVW 2/2020, Mon-Sat)
Editor-in-chief Thomas Zeller (editor-in-chief)
editor Hans-Jörg Wilhelm
executive Director Martin Wilhelm
Web link www.hz.de

The Heidenheimer Zeitung is a regional daily newspaper that appears together with the Heidenheimer Neue Presse in the Heidenheim district ( Baden-Württemberg ). The paid circulation is, together with the Heidenheimer Neue Presse 23,792 copies, down 26.5 percent since the 1998th

Editing, advertising association and publishing house

editorial staff

The Heidenheimer Zeitung has been working with the Heidenheimer Neue Presse since December 2009 . In addition to a city editorial office for Heidenheim, there is an independent online editorial team, a culture department, a district editorial office, a sports department, a business department and a local editorial office for the cities of Giengen and Herbrechtingen .


The Heidenheimer Zeitung is a member of the Südwest Presse association (publisher: Neue Pressegesellschaft mbH & Co. KG) based in Ulm and gets its cover pages (sections: international and domestic politics, economy, view of the world, feature pages, supra-regional sport) from Southwest Press . All local departments (Heidenheim, Giengen, Herbrechtingen, culture, regional sports, district and region, online) are researched and produced by the editorial team in the Heidenheim press house. The Heidenheimer Zeitung is not a subsidiary of Südwest Presse, but only a partner in their advertising network and an independent, independent publisher.

The Heidenheimer Neue Presse gets its first two national pages (politics, opinion) from the Stuttgarter Nachrichten . The remaining national pages are also from the Südwest Presse . The regional section of the Heidenheimer Zeitung and the Heidenheimer Neue Presse is created jointly by an editorial team.

Publishing products

In addition to the Heidenheimer Zeitung and the Heidenheimer Neue Presse , the publisher produces other titles: the free weekly newspaper Neue Woche , the Giengener Stadtnachrichten (the weekly official newsletter of the large district town of Giengen an der Brenz ) and the bimonthly magazine Daheim . In cooperation with the second division soccer club 1. FC Heidenheim , the publisher produces the Heimspiel fan magazine of the same name before each home game .

Distribution area

The distribution area of ​​the Heidenheimer Zeitung and the Heidenheimer Neue Presse mainly extends to the Heidenheim district (127,552 inhabitants, as of 1/2013).


The circulation of the Heidenheimer Zeitung is reported together with the Heidenheimer Neue Presse . Like most German daily newspapers , the two papers have lost circulation in recent years. The circulation sold has decreased by an average of 1.5% per year over the past 10 years. Last year it decreased by 2.4%. It is currently 23,792 copies, of which 2890 copies are from the Heidenheimer Neue Presse . The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 89.5 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold

The Heidenheimer Zeitung on the Internet


The Heidenheimer Zeitung has also been on the Internet since March 1994 with the homepage hz.de. Almost 120,000 visitors (as of September 2013) inform themselves there every month about all important events in the Heidenheim district and find an additional range of articles, pictures, videos and surveys. In addition, subscribers can read the Heidenheimer Zeitung on the homepage as an e-newspaper . Since September 18, 2013, the content of the website is chargeable. Membership is required for 15 or more articles per month. hz.de is also available as a tablet app (Android, iOS and other operating systems) and is optimized for smartphones. The app is used by 831 people (as of August 21, 2013).


The Heidenheim press house operates the noise-online.de website for the younger target group. The articles published there are written by members of the youth editorial team. Weekly contributions from the youth editorial team appear in the daily newspaper under the heading NOISE-weekly .

Social networks

The Heidenheimer Zeitung has been on Facebook since January 2011 . The site has over 8,000 fans (as of September 20, 2013) and in August 2013 it was ranked 15th in a Facebook ranking by the media magazine Drehscheibe . The ranking shows the ratio between the circulation sold (at the time of the survey it was 19,900) and the number of Facebook fans, including 224 daily newspapers.

The Heidenheimer Zeitung is also represented on the social networks Twitter and Google+ and provides regular information on events in the Heidenheim district.


The Heidenheimer Zeitung sports department has been working regularly with the Stuttgart film network Die Ligen since 2013. Every week a football game (regional league B to regional league) is filmed and then published together with the game report on the website hz.de/kick-tv. Readers can vote each week which game is filmed. There is a choice of three games from the Heidenheim district.

FCH live ticker and MyFCH app

With the promotion of 1. FC Heidenheim to the 2. Bundesliga, interest in the team’s sporting success has risen sharply. This is also reflected in the Heidenheimer Zeitung: The sports editorial team objectively comments on every game of the club via live ticker from the stadium. The Heidenheim newspaper Facebook also informs 741 users (as of September 20, 2013) about the activities of the association and has developed the MyFCH app for Apple devices. It is used by 712 football fans (as of August 31, 2013).

Donation platform

In April 2013 the Heidenheimer Zeitung launched the donation platform Our Help Counts . Since then, clubs and organizations have been able to present charitable projects and collect money for them. Almost six months after the launch, readers had donated 55,455 euros (as of September 18, 2013) for various projects.

Newspaper in school

The Heidenheimer Zeitung has been involved in the educational media project newspaper in school (ZiSch) for many years . On request, classes receive a visit from an editor of the Heidenheimer Zeitung , who brings them closer to the topics of newspapers and media. Classes of primary schools from year three and all secondary schools (secondary level 1) can take part. The aim of the project is to motivate students to read and to improve their understanding of the meaningful use of traditional and new media. In addition, the students should develop a critical attitude towards information and the Internet. For this purpose, the students can read the daily newspaper free of charge for a period of up to four weeks. In 2013 the project was awarded the seal of approval of the state of Baden-Württemberg "Kindermedienland Baden-Württemberg", which confirms the valuable contribution of the project to media education.


The years 1830–1851

On January 13, 1830, a newspaper appeared for the first time in Heidenheim. The Official Journal was printed and distributed once a week. At first, readers, who had to pay four guilders a year, found hardly any local news in the gazette. The printer Fack provided them with non-political articles, most of which he took over from other publications. The general interest in this sheet was therefore not particularly great. In 1833 Fack was at the end of his financial strength and stopped production.

In 1835 Christian Friedrich Krauss took over the printing company. The advocate of democratic ideas in his paper, which appeared three times a week under the title Der Bote vom Brenztal , repeatedly argued with the authorities and the church. Before the revolution of 1848 , the courageous newspaper man was punished several times with imprisonment and fines for his frank speech. During the revolution he fought vigorously for "freedom, equality and fraternity". With the return of the government to power came the end for the messenger from the Brenz valley . Krauss had to go to prison, his newspaper's approval as an official gazette was withdrawn in 1851.

The years 1849–1948

He was succeeded by the Gränzbote founded by WF Hehl and Christian Meebold in Giengen at the beginning of 1849 . In 1857 Hehl died unexpectedly of pneumonia. His widow brought her husband's acquaintance, Carl Friedrich Rees, to Heidenheim as managing director. The two married and Rees took over the business on November 24, 1857. In 1864 he built a new office building at Olgastraße 15, which still houses the Heidenheimer Zeitung (HZ), the Heidenheimer Neue Presse (HNP) and the Brenztal-Bote (BB).

For 40 years, from 1854 to 1894, the Grenzbote was the only newspaper in the Oberamtsstadt Heidenheim. The border messenger was able to fend off several "attacks" by rival newspapers with success.

It was only when the first edition of the Heidenheimer Tagblatt appeared on July 4, 1894 that the border messenger faced serious competition. Editor Adolf Härlen had learned the printing trade at Rees and installed the first typesetting machine in Heidenheim around 1910. Härlen took advantage of this economic and technical advantage. The subscription price for his newspaper was 1.10 marks , 15 pfennigs below that of the border messenger , which was still set by hand in the old tradition.

The two newspapers also differed in their outward form and content. While the Grenzbote took a conservative approach, the Tagblatt addressed the workforce, which has now grown in numbers in Heidenheim, with ideas from the People's Party.

In Giengen and Gerstetten, further papers had been published in the meantime with the Brenztal- Bote (founded in 1867) and the Gerstetter Albzeitung (founded in 1878).

In 1933 the National Socialists found a rich newspaper landscape in the district that they had to align with . Little by little the newspapers disappeared and within a short time the “left press” disappeared. The Heidenheimer Tagblatt was also threatened. Publisher Härlen initially defended himself successfully. His newspaper appeared until 1935, when the Nazi press in Stuttgart took over management.

The years 1948–1961

Only on December 1, 1948 was there a real “Heidenheimer Zeitung” again. It was published by Kliefoth and CE Conrads, who had received a license from the American occupation forces . At that time there was also the local edition of the Schwäbische Donauzeitung , which appeared under the title Heidenheimer Volksblatt .

In 1951, after difficult negotiations, Karl-Heinz Wilhelm succeeded in merging the long-established border messenger with the Heidenheimer Zeitung .

The new sheet had a print run of 13,500 copies. The Swabian Post gave up the Heidenheimer Markt. In 1953 Helmut Braun and Edgar Grueber started the Heidenheimer Neuesten Nachrichten (HNN), which were printed in Göppingen. The supraregional part was provided by the Neue Württembergische Zeitung .

The years 1962-today

In 1961 the merger of HNN and HZ followed, in 1962 the contract with the then Schwäbische Donauzeitung (today Südwest-Presse ), which has been supplying the cover pages since that time and also printing the HZ. On October 1, 1962, the Göppingen NWZ brought out a competition for the HZ with the Heidenheimer Neue Presse .

Increasing costs in newspaper production ultimately led to further cooperation. For three competing newspapers ( Brenztal-Bote , HNP and HZ) there was no economic basis in the Heidenheim district. Therefore, publishing associations were formed: 1969 ( Brenztal-Bote and HZ) and 1975 (HNP and HZ). The "Heidenheimer Zeitung advertising association" was created with a total circulation of 34,000 copies.

Also following a trend, the HZ founded an advertising paper in 1972, which appears as the Heidenheimer Wochenblatt (today Neue Woche) with a circulation of 68,000 copies free of charge in the outskirts of the neighboring districts of Göppingen , Ostalbkreis and Dillingen .

From October 29, 1996 to September 30, 2012, Hans-Jörg Wilhelm ran the publishing house. In the meantime he has handed over his post to his son Martin Wilhelm, who is now managing director of the publishing house. Hans-Jörg Wilhelm is still active as a partner.

Hendrik Rupp was the editor-in-chief of Heidenheimer Zeitung from July 2008 to April 2018 . From the merger of the two editorial offices in December 2009, he also headed the editorial department of the Heidenheimer Neue Presse . Thomas Zeller has been editor-in-chief of the Heidenheimer Zeitung since April 1, 2018 . In this function, he is responsible for all of the media company's editorial products, including the Heidenheimer Neue Presse .

Around 120 people, plus 300 deliverers, are employed in the publishing association.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  2. according to IVW ( online )
  3. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  4. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  5. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on ivw.eu )
  6. Facebook ranking of German daily newspapers . Turntable. Hannes Reinhardt. August 19, 2013. Retrieved September 23, 2013.