Politiken

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For the Swedish paper Politiken, see Folkets Dagblad Politiken.
Politiken newspaper logo.svg
Politiken front page
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Politiken Fonden (88.4%)
Ellen Hørups Fond (4.4%)
Others (7.3%)
Publisher JP/Politikens Hus A/S
Editor Bo Lidegaard
Founded 1 October 1884
Political alignment Social liberal
Language Danish
Headquarters Copenhagen, Denmark
Circulation 97,986 (first half of 2012)
Sister newspapers Jyllands-Posten
Website politiken.dk
Politiken building on The City Hall Square, Copenhagen. Photo by Henrik Reinholdson.

Politiken (Danish for "the politic", Danish pronunciation: [poliˈtiɡən]) is a Danish daily broadsheet newspaper, published by JP/Politikens Hus.

History and profile[edit]

Dagbladet Politiken was founded on 1 October 1884[1][2] in Copenhagen by Viggo Hørup, Edvard Brandes and Hermann Bing.[3][4] Hørup and Brandes formed the newspaper after being fired as editors from the Morgenbladet over political differences. Hørup led the paper for fifteen years from its start in 1884.[5] Politiken started with a daily circulation of 2,000 copies.

In 1904, the tabloid Ekstra Bladet was founded as a supplement to Politiken and was later spun of as an independent newspaper on 1 January 1905.

Politiken established its present location in central Copenhagen at The City Hall Square in 1912.

Politiken was published by Politikens Hus until 1 January 2003 when the company merged with Jyllands-Posten A/S to form JP/Politikens Hus.[1][6] Thus, Jyllands-Posten became its sister paper.[1][6] Politiken is published in broadsheet format.[7]

The paper is one of Denmark's leading newspapers in terms of both circulated copies and number of readers. In 2004 the paper had a circulation of 134,000 copies.[6] The number of copies sold per day in the first half of 2012 were 97,820 on weekdays and Saturdays, and 120,411 on Sundays.[8][9] The number of readers were 375,000 on weekdays and Saaturdays, and 479,000 readers on Sundays.[10] Its online newspaper politiken.dk receives around 800,000 monthly users and is the tenth most viewed page among the members of the Association of Danish Interactive Media.[11]

The newspaper also publishes an international edition named Politiken Weekly which compiles the most important stories of the week for Danes living abroad.

Wartime reporting[edit]

On 28 April 1940, three weeks after the German invasion of Denmark, Politiken ran an editorial in which Winston Churchill was called "a dangerous man". The editorial was written by foreign affairs editor Einard Schou after a conversation in the editor-in-chief's office with chairman of the board and soon-to-be-again Danish foreign minister Erik Scavenius. The aim is thought to have been to please the German occupational force, though no other Danish newspaper took such steps at the time — usually it was enough to keep within the newly introduced censorship. This led to 15,000 readers – about 10% of subscribers – cancelling their subscriptions in protest.[12]

Editorial line[edit]

Historically Politiken was connected to the Danish Social Liberal Party (Det Radikale Venstre), but the newspaper declared its political independence in 1970. Interestingly the newspaper is older than the party, making this a rare case of a newspaper starting a party rather than a party starting a newspaper.[citation needed] On the other hand, the paper has a radical social, liberal and centre-left stance.[7][13]

In February 2010 the editor in chief at the time Tøger Seidenfaden apologized to anyone who was offended by the newspaper's decision to reprint the cartoon drawing by Kurt Westergaard depicting Muhammed with a bomb in his turban, which was originally published in Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten. Seidenfaden explained that "Politiken has never intended to reprint the cartoon drawing as a statement of editorial opinion or values but merely as part of the newspaper's news coverage".[14]

Awards[edit]

Internationally, Politiken has received recognition for its design through the form of several awards. In 2012 Politiken was declared 'World's Best' along with four other newspapers in a competition carried out by the Society for News Design.[15] In 2014 the paper was chosen as one of Scandinavia’s best-designed newspapers in the Best of Scandinavian News Design competition.[16]

The paper's design, format and brand was given as the reason, when a jury made up of journalists, scientists and experts in 2010 awarded Politiken with the European Newspaper Award.[17] The paper was awarded the European Newspaper of the Year in the national newspaper category by the European Newspapers Congress in 2011.[18]

Also, Politiken has been known for its photography. Jan Grarup, winner of several World Press Photo Awards and numerous other prizes, was a staff photographer from 2003 until 2009.[19]

The Cavling Award[edit]

Cavlingprisen ("The Cavling Award") is a Danish honorary award for journalism. It was named after a former reporter and editor-in-chief at Politiken Henrik Cavling.

Cavling award winners at Politiken:

Editors in chief[edit]

Politiken has had a number of Editors in chief since its inception. In some periods there were more than one editor at a time, causing overlap.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Anna B. Holm. "Discontinuities in Business Model Innovation of the Danish Newspaper Industry". Conferenga. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Bent Jensen (2001). "Foreigners in the Danish newspaper debate from the 1870s to the 1990s". The Rockwool Foundation Research Unit. Copenhagen. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  3. ^ (Danish) Politiken
  4. ^ "Factsheet Denmark". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. January 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Bent Jensen (2008). The Unemployed in the Danish Newspaper Debate from the 1840s to the 1990s. Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "The Press in Denmark". BBC. 20 December 2005. Archived from the original on December 17, 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Tina Gudrun Jensen; Sara Jul Jacobsen; Kathrine Vitus; Kristina Weibel (March 2012). "Analysis of Danish Media setting and framing of Muslims, Islam and racism" (Working paper). Danish National Centre for Social Research. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  8. ^ (Danish) Dansk Oplagskontrol
  9. ^ Politiken er den største morgenavis Politiken. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  10. ^ Læsertal TNS. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  11. ^ Toplisten FDIM
  12. ^ Politiken.dk
  13. ^ Henrik Søndergaard; Rasmus Helles (October 2010). "Media policies and regulatory practices in a selected set of European countries, the EU and the Council of Europe: The case of Denmark" (Background information report). MEDIADEM. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  14. ^ Politiken.dk
  15. ^ World’s Best: Politiken SND. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  16. ^ "The Scandinavian News Design winners 2014". SNDS. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  17. ^ Award 2010
  18. ^ Award 2011 European Newspapers Congress. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  19. ^ Jens Tønnesen. "Pressefotografforbundet: Jan Grarup forlader Politiken". Pressefotografforbundet.dk. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  20. ^ Politiken, Jørgen Grunnet død, 22 January 2009
  • Bjørn Bredal, Politiken mod Politiken – Idékampe 1884–2009, Politikens Forlag, 2009. ISBN 978-87-567-9080-2.

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