Leipziger Volkszeitung

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Leipziger Volkszeitung
LVZ logo
description daily newspaper
publishing company Leipzig publishing and printing company
First edition October 1, 1894
Frequency of publication every day except Sundays and public holidays
Sold edition 145,306 copies
( IVW 2/2020, Mon-Sat)
Editor-in-chief Jan Emendörfer
editor Leipziger Verlags- und Druckereigesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG (LVDG)
Web link www.lvz.de
ISSN (print)

The Leipziger Volkszeitung (LVZ) is the only local daily newspaper in Leipzig and thus a monopoly newspaper . It belongs to the Madsack media group and thus to the editorial network Germany (RND). The sold circulation is 145,306 copies, a decrease of 55.8 percent since 1998.

The 1894 to ban after the seizure of power of the Nazis , published in 1933 the same newspaper took an important position in the social democratic labor movement one.


Title page of the first edition of the LVZ from October 1, 1894

Empire and Weimar Republic

The Leipziger Volkszeitung looks back on a long social democratic history. On September 29, 1894, the first edition of the LVZ appeared as a sample number, with an edition of 50,000 copies, which were distributed free of charge. This issue was referred to in its last issue on September 28th by the newspaper Der Voter with the words For your attention . From October 1, 1894, the LVZ was produced in the newly founded book printing and stock corporation G. Heinisch in Mittelstrasse 7 (today: Hans-Poeche-Strasse) in what was then the Graphic Quarter . The newspaper appeared in a range of 12 to 14, sometimes 28 pages. As editor in chief was Bruno Schonlank are obtained, which, above all, Paul Kleemann was due, headed the supervisory board by the year 1910th Under the leadership of Schönlank, the LVZ developed into one of the most important social democratic newspapers. The move to the new publishing house in Tauchaer Strasse 19 to 21 (today Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse), designed by the architect Oscar Schade, took place in 1910.

Immediately after the editorial work was in Schönlank's hands, the police registered the skilful management of the newspaper, which, although using extremely harsh and provocative language, is so skilful and cautious that legal prosecution is not possible with one exception. After Schönlank's early death in October 1901, Wilhelm Blos and Franz Mehring initially took over the management of the LVZ. On April 1, 1902, Rosa Luxemburg joined the editorial team of the newspaper. But only three months later she left again because she fell out with the staff. Mehring then became the sole editor-in-chief. He held this post until his resignation in 1907. Paul Lensch , who had been employed by LVZ since 1902, followed Mehring , and after his dismissal in 1913 Hans Bloch took over the chief editor. During this time the LVZ (1914 with a circulation of 53,000) was the most important mouthpiece of the left-wing SPD around Rosa Luxemburg. In 1917, after the SPD split up, the newspaper became the property of the USPD and, after its reunification with the SPD in 1922, was published again as an SPD organ until it was banned in 1933.

GDR time

Editor-in-chief Kurt Hanke giving the speech on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the LVZ in the congress hall (1954)

From 1946 to the mid-1950s, a new printing and editorial office for the LVZ was set up on the site of the Leipziger Neuesten Nachrichten (LNN) , which was the city's highest-circulation newspaper until the end of the war, which was destroyed by the war . The land that fell to the LVZ belonged to the newspaper publisher Edgar Herfurth until 1945 , who was expropriated as a "war criminal" on the basis of the referendum in Saxony in 1946 . He had been banned from continuing to publish the newspaper with reference to his "pro-fascist attitude".

From 19 May 1946, the LTR the party organ and mouthpiece of the SED for West Saxony and later Northern West Saxony and to the turn of 1989, the organ of the SED district leadership Leipzig .

The Leipziger Volkszeitung building at Tauchaer Strasse 19 to 21 (today Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse) was used as a Lenin memorial during the GDR era.

Since 1990

Headquarters of the Leipziger Volkszeitung, Peterssteinweg  19 (2004)

The publishing houses Axel Springer and Madsack ( Hanover ), who had bought the publishing house from the Treuhand in equal parts in 1991 , each took a 50 percent share in the traditional Leipziger Volkszeitung . In October 2008 Springer started negotiations with Madsack in order to sell not only LVZ but also other newspaper holdings ( Ostsee-Zeitung , Lübecker Nachrichten and Kieler Nachrichten ). Since February 5, 2009, the Leipziger Volkszeitung has belonged 100 percent to the Madsack Group from Hanover. The SPD has a 20.4 percent stake in the Madsack Group through its media holding dd_vg . The LVZ continues to appear in the north and central Saxon region around the trade fair city of Leipzig and in the northern part of the Thuringian district of Altenburger Land .

Sometimes it appears under its own name , as in Döbeln or Altenburg , and sometimes it bears the name of the local edition in the subtitle.

Since November 6, 1996, the Leipzig SPD has housed its offices in the renovated building of the Leipziger Volkszeitung at Tauchaer Strasse 19 to 21 (today Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse); it is now called the Richard Lipinski House.

The LVZ editorial team has been working in a new building on Peterssteinweg  19 in Leipzig since 1999. It was built for around 50 million D-Marks through a complete renovation of the post-war printing and publishing building. Since 2004, the office and the online editorial office of the LVZ have been located in the building opposite . In 2004 the editor-in-chief of the Göttinger Tageblatt , Bernd Hilder , moved to the Leipziger Volkszeitung in the same position . He replaced Hartwig Hochstein . Jan Emendörfer has been the editor-in-chief since April 2012 . His predecessors since 1946 were W. Richter, Georg Stibi, Kurt Hanke, Walter Hedeler , Hans Teubner , Jochen Pommert, Werner Stiehler, Rudolf Röhrer, Wolfgang Tiedke and Bernd Hilder.

In 2002, the newspaper was awarded the Local Journalism Prize of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation . In 2011 it was announced that the LVZ would cut 53 jobs.

Circulation and distribution

The Leipziger Volkszeitung has lost a lot of its circulation in recent years . The circulation sold has decreased by an average of 3.7% per year over the past 10 years. Last year it decreased by 5.6%. It is currently 145,306 copies. The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 91.1 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold

The Leipziger Volkszeitung appears every day with nine regionalized editions. In association with the Naumburger Tageblatt , it is present in three federal states - Saxony , Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt - beyond the greater Leipzig area . The LVZ is the only large regional subscription daily newspaper in Leipzig and the surrounding area. The Dresdner Neuesten Nachrichten (DNN) and the Torgauer Zeitung are also associated with the newspaper . According to an analysis by the specialist magazine Medientenor in 2005, the LVZ was the ninth most-cited daily newspaper nationwide with 236 mentions.

"Madsack 2018" and the LVZ

With the “Madsack 2018” agenda, the Madsack top management announced a restructuring of the group on October 2, 2013 at a management meeting of the media group in Hanover. According to managing director Thomas Düffert, a new central editorial office, which will operate under the name “RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland GmbH”, should “offer national content in a better quality than a single regional newspaper could deliver on its own”. Matthias Koch, currently editor-in-chief of the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, will set up and manage the central editorial office .

Michael Konken from the German Association of Journalists (DJV) spoke of a "blow against media diversity". The works council fears job losses, the closure of locations, further tariff-free zones, the disqualification of activities and serious disadvantages for employees.

In May 2014, the first details were announced that the LVZ was facing massive job cuts with "Madsack 2018": Around 40 employees are to leave the editorial offices in 2014, the number of full-time positions will drop to 90 by the end of 2015 (the LVZ has around 165 Editorial staff). The downsizing is taking place across departments and affects editors and secretaries. A maximum of three employees should remain in each of the external editorial offices in Delitzsch-Eilenburg, Wurzen-Grimma and Borna-Geithain. The Leipziger Internet Zeitung and even the Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk are seriously worried about the future of local journalism in Central Germany.

Sheet structure and layout

The LVZ appears on workdays, since January 13, 2007 in four books . The first book contains the cover and the business section, followed by culture, local things and sports. In the Friday edition, these books complement the politically oriented "Magazin", in the weekend edition the entertainment-oriented "Journal" and various extra pages. Since the relaunch of the LVZ, not only the sheet structure but also the layout has changed. Until the beginning of 2007 it was characterized by the LVZ's corporate color, a cyan-blue, which is also featured in the title, but since January 13, 2007, the LVZ's logo and distinctive elements have been dark blue. The title heads of the front pages are decorated in a dark red. In addition, with the relaunch, each part of the newspaper has its own color. The magazine is dark green, the journal orange, the job market olive green, the travel section lime green, the real estate section brown and the automobile section silver blue. The corporate font of the LVZ is the "Centennial" of Linotype GmbH .

Since October 31, 2019, the Leipziger Volkszeitung has been produced after a relaunch and in the Rhenish format (327 × 480 mm) (the accompanying television magazine is prisma ). According to the imprint of November 1, 2019, it will be printed by MZ -Druckereigesellschaft mbH in Halle (Saale). From October 1990 to October 30, 2019, the LVZ was published in the North German format (400 × 570 mm), in contrast to the Sächsische Zeitung (dominant in the Dresden administrative district ), which uses the Rhenish format (350 × 510 mm). Until the format changeover, the LVZ was printed from October 31, 2019 in the publisher's own print shop in Leipzig-Stahmeln, which opened in 1991 (which also marked the end of this print shop).

With the relaunch of the Leipziger Volkszeitung , Dresdner Latest News and Hannoversche Allgemeine newspapers on May 10, 2014, the look of the three titles has been standardized. This means that even more content from the three newspapers will now be produced centrally in Hanover. The “Madsack 2018” concept is aimed at the central production of national content for the regional newspapers; this is created by the central editorial office Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) based in Hanover .

Print shop in Leipzig-Stahmeln (1993-2019)

The Leipziger Volkszeitung was until October 30, 2019 - for a long time also the Bild -Zeitung for the editions Saxony-Anhalt (partial edition), Chemnitz, Dresden, Leipzig, Thuringia (partial edition), the Leipziger Rundschau , the Sachsen-Sonntag and some other printed matter - Printed in the printing house of the Leipzig newspaper printer in Stahmeln . The 350 million D-Mark building was inaugurated in 1993 as the largest newspaper printing plant in the new federal states (59,000 square meters) and in 1994 it received the “Saxon State Prize for Architecture and Building”. In 2006, the old Colorman 35 printing presses from MAN Roland were sold and a new press with KBA Commander machines from Koenig & Bauer AG Würzburg was set up. With this 30 million euro investment, a fully colored four-book production was possible. The LVZ has appeared in this layout since January 13, 2007. The last major investment was made in 2009 and 2010 in the area of ​​processing and shipping. This conversion made it possible to adapt production to the press, which was renewed in 2005/06, in terms of speed, quality and topicality of the newspaper as well as an expansion of the product range. At the beginning of October 2018, Madsack announced that it would give up the Leipzig printing site at the end of 2019.

The Leipzig newspaper printing company consumed 33,395 tons of paper and 393 tons of colored and 295 tons of black paint annually. 500,000 printing plates were produced annually for printing various products. 99.8 percent of all pressure waste generated there was recyclable.

Since October 31, 2019, the LVZ has been printed in Rhenish format in the MZ publishing house in Halle (Saale).


Newspaper production for the following day began around 9 p.m., and the electronic data was sent to the print shop in Stahmeln via radio relay . In order to send and receive the data, there was a radio mast on the roof of the publishing house in Peterssteinweg and next to the printing works, which LVDG operated as the sole network operator.

In printing plate production , two laser imagesetters applied the electronic data to the aluminum printing plates. Almost 2,000 printing plates were produced every night, which were then transported directly to one of the printing machines on a miniature suspension train. The printing machines processed 100 tons of newsprint, 1,400 kg of color and 900 kg of black in four-color printing , into around 600,000 freshly printed newspapers per night . These are sent to postpress via a transport chain. There the printed newspaper parts were then put together into finished products.

On the one hand, they could be packaged into packages immediately after printing. On the other hand, there was the possibility of inserting advertising brochures with the help of an inserting drum and a rollstream. The finished packages were transported via conveyor belts to the respective trucks, which distributed them throughout the entire distribution area.


Editors-in-chief of the Leipziger Volkszeitung (incomplete):

Period Surname
1894-1901 Bruno Schönlank
1902-1907 Franz Mehring
1907-1913 Paul Lensch
1913-1923 Hans Block
1923-1933 ?
1933-1945 -
1946 W. Richter
1946-1948 Gerhard Dengler
1948-1950 Herbert Bergner
1950-1952 Karl Bathke
1952 Hans Schrecker ; provisional
1953-1954 Georg Stibi
1954-1957 Kurt Hanke
1957-1959 Walter Hedeler
1959-1963 Hans Teubner
1963-1969 Jochen Pommert
1969-1988 Werner Stiehler
1978-1989 Rudolf Röhrer
1989-1991 Wolfgang Tiedke
1991-2003 Hartwig Hochstein
2003-2012 Bernd Hilder
since 2012 Jan Emendörfer

Local editions

With your own name

output Distribution area Sold edition Managing Editor
Döbelner Allgemeine Zeitung (DAZ) and D öbelner A eneral Altkreis Döbeln 4997 Thomas Lieb
Oschatzer General (OAZ) Old district of Oschatz 5667 Hagen Rösner
Torgauer Zeitung (TZ) Altkreis Torgau 7110 Thomas Stöber
Osterländer Volkszeitung (OVZ) Altenburger Land district 8393 Frank Prenzel
Dresden Latest News (DNN) Dresden 16,545 Dirk Birgel

As LVZ with subtitles

output Distribution area Sold edition Managing Editor
Delitzsch-Eilenburger Kreiszeitung Old districts of Delitzsch and Eilenburg 9910 Frank puddle
Muldental newspaper Old circles Grimma and Wurzen 13,758 Thomas Lieb
Borna-Geithainer Newspaper Old districts Borna and Geithain 10,909 Thomas Lieb

Editor in chief

  • Main edition: Björn Meine
  • Managing Directors: Björn Steigert, Adrian Schimpf
  • Editor-in-chief: Jan Emendörfer
  • Deputy editors-in-chief: André Böhmer, Olaf Majer
  • Döbelner Allgemeine Zeitung (DAZ): Thomas Lieb
  • Oschatzer Allgemeine (OAZ): Hagen Rösner
  • Torgauer Zeitung (TZ): Thomas Stöber
  • Osterländer Volkszeitung (OVZ): Frank Prenzel
  • Delitzsch-Eilenburger Kreiszeitung (DEK): Frank Pfütze
  • Muldentaler Kreiszeitung (MTK): Thomas Lieb
  • Borna-Geithainer Zeitung (Bo / Gei): Thomas Lieb

LVZ laureate at journalist awards

German local journalist award

The Leipziger Volkszeitung received the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung's German Local Journalist Prize several times :

  • In 1995 she received the special award for a two-week series in which the LVZ reported on the day about what had happened in Leipzig and the region 50 years ago. For this series, which was followed by a 40-page supplement, the LVZ was able to win the military historian Dieter Kürschner.
  • In 1998 the LVZ editorial team in Eilenburg received the second prize for their series "Nachgehakt". It was designed by the current deputy head of politics at LVZ, Olaf Majer. A special page that appears once a month picked up topics from the previous year and continued shooting them.
  • In 2002 the LVZ received first prize from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung for its series “Why?”. A twelve-part series asked the question "Why?" For striking pairs of opposites, such as: "Why is one street a popular shopping and cultural mile, while the shops on another comparable street are closing?"
  • On August 25, 2008, the LVZ received the German Local Journalist Prize 2007 in the series category: Reporter Haig Latchinian stayed one night a week in villages in the area where it was distributed and spoke to the people there. He listened, had stories told from then and now, about everyday and special things. The jury said: “The reporter dedicates half a day and a whole night to the places in the east of Muldental . The title of the series "Schlaflos in ..." suggests: He also turns most of the night into day, asks and listens. The reports are declarations of love to places that are beautiful and people who feel good: a home you can touch. ” The newspaper series is also available in 2008 as a book with the title Schlaflos. Published on the way in the heart of the Mulde valley ( ISBN 978-3-9811948-4-5 ).

Other prices

In 2001, chief reporter Thomas Mayer received the Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media from the Media Foundation of the Sparkasse Leipzig . In 1999 he initiated the Leipzig fundraising campaign “Kosovo Aid” and accompanied the aid transports.

Art Prize of the Leipziger Volkszeitung

On the occasion of its centenary, the Leipziger Volkszeitung founded an art prize in 1994, which has been awarded every two years since 1995. It is linked to prize money of 10,000 euros, an exhibition in the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig and a catalog.

Prize winners:

See also


  • Of course - Tauchaer Strasse !. Contributions to the history of the "Leipziger Volkszeitung". Society for news acquisition and news distribution, Verlagsgesellschaft für Sachsen / Berlin mbH, Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-932725-34-4
  • Steffen Reichert: Transformation Processes. The conversion of the LVZ. LIT Verlag, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-8258-4487-0
  • Dorothee Harbers The district press of the GDR. Local newspapers in the field of tension between party mandate and reader interest. Tectum Verlag, Marburg 2003
  • Michael Rudloff, Thomas Adam (with the assistance of Jürgen Schlimper): Leipzig - cradle of German social democracy. Metropol, Berlin 1996, ISBN 3-926893-08-7

Web links

Commons : Leipziger Volkszeitung  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. according to IVW ( details on ivw.eu )
  2. Gina Klank, Gernot Griebsch: Lexicon of Leipzig street names. Verlag im Wissenschaftszentrum Leipzig, Leipzig 1995, ISBN 3-930433-09-5 , p. 96.
  3. Of course - Tauchaer Strasse! Contributions to the history of the "Leipziger Volkszeitung". Society for news acquisition and news distribution, Verlagsgesellschaft für Sachsen / Berlin mbH, Berlin 1997.
  4. Schulz / Müller / Schrödl, p. 85: “No. 151 Lenin Memorial (1,2) Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 19-21… place of work of well-known German leftists such as Franz Mehring , Rosa Luxemburg , Georg Schumann ; 1912 Lenin's meeting point with comrades from the Bolshevik Duma faction "
  5. Rudloff / Adam / Schlimper, p. 83.
  6. Hocquél, p. 160.
  7. LHA Dresden, District Main Team Leipzig, No. 2527g, police report 1894 (photocopies from the Leipzig City Archives)
  8. Michael Rudloff, Thomas Adam (with the assistance of Jürgen Schlimper): Leipzig - cradle of German social democracy, 1996, ISBN 3-926893-08-7 , pages 88-92
  9. Sixty years of the Leipziger Volkszeitung. 1894-1954. Verlag Leipziger Volkszeitung 1954.
  10. ^ Michael Meyen : Leipzig's bourgeois press in the Weimar Republic. Interrelationships between social change and newspaper development (= university publications of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Verein ). Rosa-Luxemburg-Verein, Leipzig 1996, ISBN 3-929994-58-5 (also dissertation, University of Leipzig 1995), p. 111.
  11. Schulz / Müller / Schrödl, p. 85: No. 151 Lenin Memorial (1,2) Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 19-21.
  12. Leipziger Volkszeitung. Media group Madsack, accessed January 4, 2015 .
  13. Axel Springer sells holdings in regional newspapers to the Madsack publishing group. Mediengruppe Madsack, February 4, 2009, accessed on May 29, 2017 (press release).
  14. Minutes: Hanover Party Conference December 2-4, 1997, Neuer Vorwärts-Verlag, 1997, page 176.
  15. New editors-in-chief in Leipzig and Rostock. Mediengruppe Madack, December 16, 2011, accessed on January 4, 2015 (press release).
  16. Ralf Julke: The new one comes from Rostock. In: Leipziger Internet Zeitung . December 18, 2011, archived from the original on May 15, 2012 ; Retrieved July 27, 2012 .
  17. according to IVW ( online )
  18. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  19. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on ivw.eu )
  20. Regionally successful in a strong network. Mediengruppe Madsack, October 2, 2013, accessed on January 4, 2015 (press release).
  21. Madsack: Koch leads the new central editorial office. In: Meedia . November 7, 2013, accessed May 29, 2017 .
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  23. ^ Anne Schneller: Total renovation at Madsack. In: People make media 11/2013. ver.di , accessed on January 4, 2015 .
  24. LVZ: Over 20 editorial offices affected by the dismantling, the DNN is also about jobs. In: madsack2018.wordpress.com. May 22, 2014, accessed January 4, 2015 .
  25. Daniel Große: Leipziger Volkszeitung: Massive job cuts by the end of 2015. In: Big words. May 22, 2014, accessed January 4, 2015 .
  26. Alexander Krei: Savings: Leipziger Volkszeitung plans massive job cuts. In: DWDL.de . May 22, 2014, accessed January 4, 2015 .
  27. Ralf Julke: Brave new media world: It continues with the downsizing at the Leipziger Volkszeitung. In: Leipziger Internet Zeitung . May 23, 2014, accessed January 4, 2015 .
  28. Ralf Geißler: Massive job cuts at the LVZ: How threatened is the soul of local journalism? (No longer available online.) MDR Info , 2014, archived from the original on October 16, 2014 ; accessed on January 4, 2015 .
  29. Extra sheet on 125 years of LVZ: Read the anniversary edition here in the e-paper. In: Leipziger Volkszeitung. October 31, 2019, accessed October 31, 2019 .
  30. https://www.print.de/allgemein/madsack-schliesst-ende-2019-seine-zeitungsdruckerei-in-leipzig/ , accessed on November 1, 2019
  31. Madsack 2018: Downsizing at "DNN" and "LVZ", reorganization of the "LVZ" editorial team. In: Flurfunk Dresden. May 22, 2014, accessed January 4, 2015 .
  32. New printing concept LVZ DNN. Retrieved October 6, 2018 (German).
  33. https://www.l-iz.de/politik/nachrichten/2018/10/LVZ-Druckerei-in-Stahmeln-soll-Ende-2019-verbind-haben-236559 - accessed on October 27, 2018
  34. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  35. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  36. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  37. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  38. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  39. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  40. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  41. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on ivw.eu )
  42. Awarding of the German Local Journalist Prize of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation 2007 in Hamburg. Konrad Adenauer Foundation e. V., August 19, 2008, accessed January 4, 2015 (press release).
  43. In strange beds. Series: Leipziger Volkszeitung. In: Hamburger Abendblatt . August 21, 2008, accessed January 4, 2015 .
  44. Cabinets and pain: Henrike Naumann receives the LVZ Art Prize 2019