The September 17, 2010 front page of Rheinische Post
|Owner||Rheinische Post Verlagsgesellschaft mbH|
|Founded||2 March 1946|
The newspaper is one of the allied new foundations in the post-World War II era. NSDAP-opponents Karl Arnold, Anton Betz, Erich Wenderoth and (soon resigned) Friedrich Vogel received a British newspaper licence. Nowadays the newspaper belongs to the Arnold, Betz, Droste, Alt and Ebel families (last updated: July 2008).
The core distribution area stretches from the Bergischen Land to the Dutch border. There are 31 local editions, among them other regional newspapers, like the Neuß-Grevenbroicher Zeitung, the Benrather Tageblatt and the Bocholter-Borkener Volksblatt, which have their own regional news pages. The Rheinische Post is available at kiosks as well as through subscriptions.
Sven Gösmann has been the editor since July 2005 (he was the vice-editor of the Bild in Hamburg). Horst Thoren has been vice-editor since 1998. Regional editorial staff give their opinions in news articles. 
Dr. Joachim Sobotta, was editor from 1969 to 1997, he had a large impact on the style of the newspaper. Sven Gösmann's predecessor, Ulrich Reitz, is now editor of the Westdeutschen Allgemeinen Zeitung; Reitz accomplished a range of editorial reforms and cancelled the dpa-ticker.
Romulus Candea created political caricutures in the Seventies and Eighties. Nik Ebert assisted him from 1985, with emphasis on the local politics of Mönchengladbach. Nik Ebert also started the comic Düssel-Möwe (which portrays the adventures of an arrogant selfish seagull from Düsseldorf and his bird friends) in the Düsseldorf regional editions.
Opinion reader portal
This portal was launched in early 2005. Its readers can publish their own articles and thoughts. The first printed edition of Opinion, which consisted of the best articles by readers, was first published on 16 February 2005. It was distributed as a monthly supplement in the newspaper. This supplement has been discontinued. A page of Opinion articles now appear once a week on an own page in the newspaper. Opinion was awarded a prize for its connection between the internet and printed media.
The RP Online also runs a scene portal called Tonight. It reports on the night-life in Düsseldorf in print and photographs. Readers are informed of upcoming events. The portal was relaunched in November 2007.
- – Subjektiver Beispielartkel aus der RP
- Götz Hamann: Die gelbe Gazette: Wie sieht die Zeitung des 21. Jahrhunderts aus? Vielleicht wie die „Rheinische Post“. Sie hat in der Krise 170000 Leser hinzugewonnen In: DIE ZEIT Nr. 25 vom 12. Juni 2003, S. 22.
- Index Page of Opinio
- Start page of Tonight
- rp-online.de - Rheinische Post online
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