The 17 September 2010 front page of Der Tagesspiegel
|Owner(s)||Verlag Der Tagesspiegel GmbH (Dieter von Holtzbrinck Media)|
|Founded||27 September 1945|
|Official website||Der Tagesspiegel|
Der Tagesspiegel ("The Daily Mirror"; motto: "rerum cognoscere causas", or "to know the causes of things") is a classical liberal German daily newspaper. Founded on 27 September 1945 by Erik Reger, Walther Karsch, and Edwin Redslob the Tagesspiegel's main office is based in Berlin at Askanischer Platz in the district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, less than a mile from Potsdamer Platz and the former location of the Berlin Wall. It also has regional correspondent offices in Washington D.C. and Potsdam. It is the only major newspaper in the capital to have increased its circulation—now 148,000—since re-unification.
History and profile
For more than 45 years, Der Tagesspiegel was owned by an independent trust. In 1993, in response to an increasingly competitive publishing environment, and to attract investments required for technical modernization, such as commission of a new printing plant, and improved distribution, it was bought by the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Its current publisher is Stefan von Holtzbrinck, with chief editors Stephan-Andreas Casdorff and Lorenz Maroldt. Lorenz Maroldt was noted for using the unfortunate phrase 'entartete' (degenerated) Werkstatt der Kulturen, when describing a multi-ethnic cultural institution in Berlin. Pierre Gerckens, Giovanni di Lorenzo and Hermann Rudolph are editors of the newspaper. Some of the notable writers include Bas Kast and Harald Martenstein.
The paper's main readership is in the western half of the city, due to the 1948 blockade having stopped its circulation in East Berlin and Brandenburg. The paper has recently been redesigned, introducing more color and a clearer typeface. In 2005 it was awarded the World's Best-Designed Newspapers Award by the Society for News Design in New York. It is owned by Verlag Der Tagesspiegel GmbH, a member of the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, and associated with the Wall Street Journal. In 2009, Dieter von Holtzbrinck bought Der Tagesspiegel and Handelsblatt from Holtzbrinck.
In 2007 and 2008 Der Tagesspiegel's Washington D.C. correspondent, Christoph von Marschall, was noted in both Germany and the United States for his coverage of Barack Obama's presidential campaign. He wrote a book entitled Barack Obama – Der schwarze Kennedy. The literal translation of its German title is "Barack Obama. The Black Kennedy". His book was a best seller in Germany, where other commentators had also compared the two Americans.