Västerbottens-Kuriren

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Västerbottens-Kuriren
VK.jpg
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Stiftelsen VK-press
Editor-in-chief Ingvar Näslund
Staff writers 199 (December 2012)[1]
Founded 1900
Political alignment liberal
Language Swedish
Headquarters Umeå, Sweden
Circulation 34,700 (2010)[2]
ISSN 1104-0246
Official website www.vk.se (Swedish)

Västerbottens-Kuriren (also known as VK) is a Swedish newspaper founded in 1900. It is published in Umeå, Västerbotten. The newspaper covers regional news from the region Västerbotten (with the exception of the municipalities Mala, Norsjö and Skellefteå), with a special interest in the home town Umeå, in combination with national news and international news.

Rosén[edit]

VK published its first issue on May 17, 1900. VK grew rapidly, and became the largest newspaper in the Västerbotten County in 1903 - a position it has held since. Among the early journalists involved with the newspaper was the author Astrid Väring.

Rosén owned this newspaper

Gustav Rosén, who played an important role in the history of Sweden's Folkpartiet (Liberal People's Party) was the executive director until 1926, when he was appointed as Minister of Defence in the first cabinet of Carl Gustav Ekman. His successor Ernst Gafvelin died already after six months, after which Gustav Rosén's only son, Stellan Rosen, took over as editor and publisher at the age of 23. When the Cabinet-Ekman I resigned in September 1928, Gustav Rosén returned to Umeå - first as political editor of VK and from 1931 until his death in 1942 as County Governor of Västerbotten County.[3]

Bäckström[edit]

In 1929 Rosén sold the majority of his shares to master builder J.M. Bäckström, who began building a new publishing house the following year at the block Rind, at Rådhusesplanaden 10 in central Umeå. The VK building was completed by the end of 1930/1931 and housed VK until 1988. In 1949 VK was the first news paper in Norrland to hire its own press photographer, Harry Lindwall, who would remain in service until his retirement in 1985.

VK was owned by the Bäckström family until 1971, 15 years after the death of JM Bäckström. After a disagreement between the Sundsvall branch of the heirs (who wanted to sell) and the Umeå branch (who wanted to keep the VK as a liberal and freethinking news paper) the paper was first sold to the small printing company Folk och Samhälle (People and Society) and later around 1978 to the Stiftelsen VK-Press (VK-Press Foundation).[4]

Modern era[edit]

In 1982, VK bought land in the industrial area Västerslätt to build a new printing house. The printing house got a boost when the newspaper Dagens Nyheter (Daily News) decided to have their Norrland edition printed there. The printing house was opened in autumn 1984 and a few years later, in 1988, another printing house in the same area.[5]

In the 1990s and 2000s VK faced competition from the Norrländska Socialdemokraten (NSD, Norrland Social-Democrats) from Luleå for the title of largest daily news paper of Norrland. VK also became the majority owner of its competitor Västerbottens Folkblad. In 2003 VK acquired the magazine Nöjesmagasinet City, a free magazine focused on entertainment, trend and lifestyle that is published in different editions for Umeå, Sundsvall and Luleå.

The paper started the website VK.se in 1997, which was built by editor Tom Juslin. It was twice (2007 and 2008) nominated for the Stora Journalistpriset prize in the category Innovator of the Year.

VK-guldet[edit]

Since 1937 the newspaper annually honor the best sportsman or sportswoman from Västerbotten with the so-called VK-guldet (VK Gold). Among the prizewinners are Ingemar Stenmark, Anja Pärson, Marta Vieira da Silva and Assar Rönnlund.

Chief editors[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Bokslut & Nyckeltal – Västerbottens-Kurirens Media Aktiebolag" (in Swedish). Stiftelsen VK-press. Allabolag.se. 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Västerbottens-Kuriren". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Sjöström, Eskil (1988). Så lades grunden. Anteckningar vid en milstolpe i VK:s historia. Umeå: Västerbottens-Kuriren. p. 10. ISBN 91-7970-363-1. 
  4. ^ Sjöström, Eskil (1988). Så lades grunden. Anteckningar vid en milstolpe i VK:s historia. Umeå: Västerbottens-Kuriren. p. 10. ISBN 91-7970-363-1. 
  5. ^ Sjöström, Eskil (1988). Så lades grunden. Anteckningar vid en milstolpe i VK:s historia. Umeå: Västerbottens-Kuriren. pp. 26–27. ISBN 91-7970-363-1. 

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