Hellweger indicator

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Hellweger indicator
description German daily newspaper
publishing company Newspaper publisher Rubens GmbH & Co. KG
First edition February 15, 1845
Frequency of publication Monday to Sunday
Sold edition 27,143 copies
( IVW 2/2020, Mon-Sat)
Editor-in-chief Volker Stennei
Web link www.hellwegeranzeiger.de

The Hellweger Anzeiger is a German newspaper that the newspaper publisher Rubens GmbH & Co. KG, based in Unna in North Rhine-Westphalia appear. It is sold in the cities of Unna, Kamen , Bergkamen and Fröndenberg and the municipality of Holzwickede . The number of copies sold is the Westfälischen Rundschau together 27,143 copies, a drop of 20.6 percent since 2013. In the circuit Unna the sheet is the highest circulation daily.

The first edition came on February 15, 1845 on the market; Today the newspaper appears Monday to Saturday with a printed edition and a digital copy as ePaper and on Sundays with a digital edition in newspaper page format, which is only available by subscription.

The newspaper

The Hellweger Anzeiger appears in five local editions, which are usually 32 or 64 pages on Saturdays, each individually tailored to the five municipalities in the distribution area. The local editorial offices work decentrally at the respective place of publication. The publishing house in Kamen local sports section for the whole of the range arises, the publisher based in Unna produces its own coat editorial the national sides of the departments politics and news, business, culture and miscellaneous including the daily section of children's news page in the Ruhr Nachrichten appears. The publishing house obtains the main sport pages from the media company Lensing .

The Publisher

The newspaper publisher Rubens, based in Unna, employs a total of around 130 people and, in addition to the Hellweger Anzeiger, also publishes the local editions Unna / Fröndenberg / Holzwickede and Kamen / Bergkamen of the Westfälische Rundschau. The publishing family is also the publisher of the advertising papers MonTakt and Sonntagskurier. Further business areas are the wage printing of daily newspapers and advertising papers , the local telephone books, the local radio and the digital business.

Digital offers

Since 2005, Hellweger Anzeiger has been appearing as a digital ePaper in newspaper page format in addition to the printed version . Since then, the publisher has continuously developed the digital offering.

In 2010, the publisher brought out an app for the iPad, making Hellweger Anzeiger one of the first German local newspapers to have a digital edition on the tablet. The app has been available for smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android) since 2011.

On December 1, 2013, Hellweger Anzeiger was the first German daily newspaper publisher to introduce a digital Sunday edition in newspaper page format as part of the subscription. Today, every tenth customer is a digital subscriber.

Since 2011 the publisher has been marketing the entire digital product family under the “HAWR digital” brand. Since then, the offer has continuously supplied subscribers with local news from the distribution area. Strategically, the publisher relies on paid content; the editorial team provides part of the offer free of charge, e.g. B. available for use in social networks.

Also in 2015, the publisher released the “Juniorline” app for iOS and Android devices, which, based on the children's news page that appears daily in Hellweger Anzeiger , is distributed as a free news app for the target group of eight to twelve year olds.


2007 Youth Turntable Award for the best editorial offer for children in Germany

Special Mention Award 2012 “Public Service” for the Girls' Mini World Cup


Hellweger Anzeiger publishing house in Unna

1845: With the permission of the royal Prussian government, Friedrich Wilhelm Rubens publishes the Hellweger Bote for the first time on February 15 in the city of Unna, which has 5,000 inhabitants, and in the surrounding villages.

1848: The newspaper, which until then was subject to strict censorship, is also allowed to report on political events for the first time. The Hellweger Anzeiger from March 22nd carries the headline “The censorship is lifted!”.

1877: After the founder's death on August 18th, his son, the second Friedrich Wilhelm Rubens, is given the management of the printing and newspaper business. The publishing house is located at Wasserstraße 7.

1903: The Hellweger Anzeiger puts one of the world's first typesetting machines into operation. The publication frequency of the newspaper can be expanded from three to six days a week with a length of ten pages.

1906: A 16-page rotary press from Koenig & Bauer is installed in the print shop . This means that 16 newspaper pages can be printed in one pass at an output of 12,000 newspapers per hour.

1916: After the death of the second Friedrich Wilhelm Rubens, the son, who also goes by the first name Friedrich Wilhelm, is called back from the front in Verdun to take over the paternal inheritance during the chaos of war.

1923: During the inflationary period, emergency money with a face value of billions and trillions is printed in the publishing house on Wasserstraße under the strictest police surveillance during the day and at night.

1926: At Wasserstraße 20, a fundamental expansion and heightening of the publishing house begins to take into account the significantly increased space requirements for employees and machines.

1929: A modern 16-page rotary press from Vomag is installed in the printing shop. In addition, modern Linotype typesetting machines will be installed to further automate newspaper production.

1933: The rulers of the Third Reich introduce censorship and switch the press on. The Hellweger Anzeiger is also affected and can no longer report freely and impartially on the events.

1945: Due to the approaching war events, the newspaper ceases to appear on April 7th. On April 11th Unna is taken by the Allies. For the time being, the Hellweger Anzeiger is no longer allowed to appear.

1946: The Rubens publishing house publishes the official notices for the Unna district. In the course of printing magazines and books from well-known publishers from all over Germany, the printing plant is being expanded further.

1949: On October 26th, Hellweger Anzeiger appears again for the first time as a free, independent and non-partisan daily newspaper. The circulation area of ​​the newspaper is extended north to Kamen and Bergkamen.

1952: A marketing unit with the Westfälischer Anzeiger in Hamm and the Soester Anzeiger is founded to expand the national advertising business. Rubens is in charge of the cooperation.

1953: Günter Rubens, great-grandson of the founder Friedrich Wilhelm Rubens, takes over the management of the publishing house on January 1st. The circulation of the Hellweger Anzeiger exceeded 10,000 copies for the first time.

1962: A 32-page rotary press with connected color units, which was originally in the service of the Ullstein publishing house in Berlin, takes over the printing of the Hellweg indicator .

1964: Due to the increased space requirements and the loss of loading space due to the construction of the transport ring, technical operations are relocated to the West industrial area on Rudolf-Diesel-Straße. The printing center is still located here today.

1977: Hellweger Anzeiger is the first German daily newspaper to introduce an electronic typesetting system that replaces the old metal type. The Harris system was presented to the interested specialist audience beforehand at the “DRUPA 77”.

1978: On September 1, a 32-page offset press of the type Express from Koenig & Bauer, with which full four-color printing is possible for the first time, goes into operation. It is the premiere of the model.

1995: A 68-page jubilee supplement in four-color print published to mark its 150th anniversary contains the chronicle of the publishing house's history as well as greetings from Federal Chancellor Kohl and Prime Minister Rau.

1996: In June a new offset rotary press of the type Journal from Koenig & Bauer in Unna is put into operation. This enables the production of 16 pages in four-color printing in just one pass.

1997: A modern processing system from Ferag for the simultaneous insertion of up to six inserts and the automated dispatch of newspapers temporarily completes the major investment in the Rubens printing company.

2000: With the introduction of the publishing system Dialog, the epoch of adhesive make ends. From now on, the entire newspaper will be produced digitally. Every employee in the company can follow all production steps from their workplace.

2003: The weekly magazine MonTakt, newly developed by the Rubens publishing house, is distributed free of charge to over 90,000 households in Unna, Kamen, Bergkamen, Fröndenberg and Holzwickede.

2006: On April 25, 2006, Hellweger Anzeiger was the first German daily newspaper to launch a daily children's news page.

2006: After only ten years a new press is set up again. The Colora model from Koenig & Bauer can produce 32 pages in full four-color printing at a printing speed of over 30,000 newspapers per hour.

2008: In January, the Rubens publishing house received the youth turntable award for the best editorial offer for children in Germany. The Hellweger Anzeiger has been the first newspaper to have a daily children's page since 2006 .

2009: The Rubens publishing house acquires the weekly magazine Sonntagskurier in Lünen. After an optical relaunch , the title appears in a handy tabloid format with a circulation of over 90,000 copies in the northern district.

2010: Hellweger Anzeiger is one of the first daily newspapers to have a digital edition on the iPad. After a short time, the new offer is used by numerous subscribers.

2011: After a thorough renovation of the publishing house on Wasserstraße, the editorial team and all publishing departments can be united under one roof. The number of jobs in the headquarters increases to 50.

2013: In May, the publisher buys the issues of the cities of Unna, Fröndenberg, Holzwickede, Kamen and Bergkamen from the previous competitor, Westfälische Rundschau . The publishing house continues the Westfälische Rundschau as an independent title.

2013: Hellweger Anzeiger is the first German daily newspaper publisher to launch a digital Sunday edition in newspaper page format on December 1st as part of the subscription.

2015: The publisher expands the editorial team into a full editorial team . With the exception of the main sport, which Hellweger Anzeiger purchases from the media company Lensing , the editorial team at the Unna location also produces all the cover pages itself, starting with the January 2nd issue . 


From 2005 to 2012, amounted edition of the Hellweger indicator to around 25,000 copies. Since the third quarter of 2013, the paper has been shown together with the Westfälische Rundschau in Unna and Kamen . Like most German daily newspapers , the two papers have lost circulation in recent years. The number of copies sold has fallen by an average of 3.5% per year since 2013. Last year the decrease was 4.8%. It is currently 27,143 copies. The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 88.5 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold

since 2013 with the Westfälischer Rundschau in Unna and Kamen


  • Friedrich Wilhelm Rubens (* 1814, † 1877)
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Rubens (* 1852, † 1916)
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Rubens (* 1880, † 1939)
  • Friedhelm Rubens (* 1907, † 1944, missing)
  • Günter Rubens (* 1918, † 2016)
  • Hans-Christian Haarmann (* 1979)


  • Otto Kilger (1960 to 1978)
  • Klaus Seifert (1978 to 2003)
  • Volker Stennei (since 2003)

Individual evidence

  1. Including the Westfälische Rundschau in Unna and Kamen
  2. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  3. a b Martin Dziura, Tobias Bedranowsky: JournalistenPreise.de - youth hub Prize. Retrieved March 22, 2017 (English).
  4. ^ "Hellweger Anzeiger" with daily children's news. BDZV, accessed on March 23, 2017 .
  5. ^ Anja Janotta: Funke Mediengruppe sells parts of the "Westfälische Rundschau". Retrieved March 22, 2017 .
  6. DNV-online, Hamburg, Germany: Hellweger Anzeiger starts digital Sunday edition. Retrieved March 22, 2017 .
  7. according to IVW , http://www.ivw.eu/aw/print/qa/titel/6828
  8. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  9. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on ivw.eu )