Neue Zürcher Zeitung
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|Owner||NZZ-Gruppe (NZZ Group)|
|Founded|| • 12 January 1780, as Zürcher Zeitung
• , renamed Neue Zürcher Zeitung in 1821
|Political alignment||Classical liberalism|
|Official website||nzz.ch (in German)|
It has a reputation as a quality newspaper and as the Swiss newspaper of record, the newspaper is known for its detailed reports on international affairs, stock exchange, and the intellectual, in-depth style of its articles.
One of the oldest newspapers still published, it originally appeared as Zürcher Zeitung, edited by Salomon Gessner, from 12 January 1780, and was renamed to Neue Zürcher Zeitung in 1821.
Aside from the switch from its Blackletter typeface in 1946, the newspaper has changed little since the 1930s. It has, for example, only in the last three years[when?] or so added color pictures, much later than most mainstream papers. The emphasis is on international news, business, finance, and high culture. Features and lifestyle stories are kept to a minimum.
Politically, the newspaper is positioned close to the liberal Free Democratic Party of Switzerland.
It has a circulation of 137,000. As its average reader is now over age 50, its circulation is slowly declining.
In 2002, the newspaper launched a weekend edition, NZZ am Sonntag (NZZ on Sunday). The weekend edition has its own editorial staff and contains more soft news and lifestyle issues than its weekday counterpart, as do most Swiss weekend newspapers.
In 2005, the complete run of the newspaper's first 225 years was scanned from microfilm. A total of two million images comprising seventy terabytes, and its Blackletter type was scanned – using optical character recognition – at a total cost of 600,000€ (or 0.30€ per image). The result is a searchable digital archive, only publicly accessible on site.
The digitization was carried out by an institute of the German research organization Fraunhofer Society – the Institute for Media Communication (since 2006, the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems), headquartered in Sankt Augustin, North Rhine-Westphalia.
- Jacob, Klaus (February 2005). "70 Terabyte Zeitgeschichte" (PDF format; requires Adobe Reader). Fraunhofer Magazin. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
- Staff (21 September 1979). "Erasmus Prize". The Age (via Google News). Retrieved 23 August 2012. "The 1979 Erasmus Prize for outstanding contribution to European culture was presented jointly yesterday to the Swiss daily newspaper 'Neue Zuercher Zeitung' and the West German weekly 'Die Ziet'."
- nzz.ch (in German), the newspaper's official website
- nzzexecutive.ch (in German)[clarification needed]