Type of site
|Available in||German, English|
|Owner||Spiegel Online GmbH|
|Launched||25 October 1994|
|186 (April 2014[update])|
Spiegel Online (SPON) is the online sibling of Germany's print weekly Der Spiegel. It was launched in 1994 and is one of the most visited German language news websites. Spiegel Online International, an English section featuring select items, was launched in autumn 2004.
Company and editorial staff
Spiegel Online is run by Spiegel Online GmbH. Like Manager magazine 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. Regular staff includes some eighty people in the Hamburg headquarters, 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. Mathias Müller von Blumencron also served as editor until April 2013 when he was dismissed.
Online journalism pioneer
Spiegel Online first went up on 25 October 1994, making it the first online presence of an established news magazine, one day before the Time site. SPON started as a service on CompuServe. 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.
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