Spiegel Online

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Spiegel Online
Spiegel online logo.png
Web address www.spiegel.de
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Online Magazine
Registration Optional
Available language(s) German, English
Owner Spiegel Online GmbH
Launched 25 October 1994; 19 years ago (1994-10-25)
Alexa rank positive decrease 186 (April 2014)[1]

Spiegel Online (SPON) is the online sibling of Germany's print weekly Der Spiegel. It was launched in 1994[2] and is one of the most visited German language news websites.[3] Spiegel Online International, an English section featuring select items, was launched in late 2004.

Company and editorial staff[edit]

Spiegel Online is run by Spiegel Online GmbH. Like Manager magazin and Quality Channel, this corporation is part of SPIEGELnet GmbH, which is a sister company of the publishing house. The editorial offices of Spiegel Online and Der Spiegel print magazine are separate operations, each with their own location, authors, and content, though a few articles continue to be shared in both media. Spiegel Online has a track record of profitability.[4] Regular staff includes some eighty people in the Hamburg headquarters,[5] complemented by freelancers, SPON's Berlin office, and bureaus in other German cities and abroad. The site also draws on input from a variety of news agencies, like AFP, AP, dpa and Reuters. Rüdiger Ditz has been serving as chief editor since 2008, first with co-chief Wolfgang Büchner, then as the sole person at the helm from 2009 to 2013.

Online journalism pioneer[edit]

Spiegel Online first went up on 25 October 1994,[6] making it the first online presence of an established news magazine, one day before the Time site. SPON started as a service on Compuserve.[7] The web domain www.spiegel.de was established one year later. SPON's content initially consisted of hand-picked articles from the print magazine. As early as 1995, however, original content first appeared in a section called "Scanner," which was only available online. In the following year, Spiegel Online was relaunched and commenced featuring breaking news as well.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spiegel.de Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ Schäffner, Christina (2005). "Bringing a German Voice to English-speaking Readers: Spiegel International". Language and Intercultural Communication 5 (2): 154–167. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  3. ^ IVW: online usage data of IVW-certified websites
  4. ^ medienMITTWEIDA: „SPIEGEL ONLINE ist das Maß aller Dinge“, 10 May 2007. The article reports figures for 2006, when Spiegel Online’s turnover amounted to €15 million, yielding €2 million in earnings.
  5. ^ Spiegel-Gruppe: Spiegel Online
  6. ^ "Bereits am 25. Oktober 1994 konnte man auch den SPIEGEL im Internet finden". Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Bönisch, Julia. Meinungsführer oder Populärmedium? Das journalistische Profil von Spiegel Online. Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2006.
  8. ^ Spiegel Online: "Aussehen von Spiegel Online 1996" Spiegel

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