Print Media Sources
Digitized German Print Media
- Small Directory of Newspaper
Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
- Online Usage Data for Print Media
- Financial Times Deutschland (FTD)
The Financial Times Deutschland, an offspring of the British Financial Times is
Germany's youngest national broadsheet. It focuses on economic issues. Its archives comprise all articles since its inception
- Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ)
The Frankfurter Allgemeine is Germany's flagship conservative newspaper. Its archive starts in 1993 and can be searched for
but the viewing of a complete article costs between € 0.75 and 2.50 (UK-� 0.50-1.75).
- Frankfurter Rundschau (FR)
The Frankfurter Rundschau is Germany's smallest national broadsheet. It is generally
considered to hold left-liberal views. It's archive
from 1994 can be accesses for a fee per article.
With a circulation
of about 150,000 in 2008, the Handelsblatt is Germany's biggest newspaper that
focuses on economics. Its political slant is liberal. The Handelsblatt online
archives start in 1984, each retrieved article costs between ¢ 20 and € 1.80.
- Neues Deutschland
Neues Deutschland was the government newspaper in the former GDR. Its circulation, mainly
sold on the territory of the former GDR, has plummeted to
about 60,000 in recent years. It is still somewhat supportive of the Reform Communists
(PDS). Its online archives can be accessed
free, alas the begin only in 2001.
- Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ)
With a circulation
of about 450,000, the Süddeutsche Zeitung edges Frankfurter
for being the most widely read German broadsheet. Its political stance can be characterized as
left-liberal. Its online archive, which runs
from 1992 and also contains full-page articles in pdf-format, can be accessed for a yearly
subscription rate of € 72 (ca. UK-� 50).
- die tageszeitung (taz)
die tageszeitung, originally an offspring New Social Movements, is today Germany's most
opinionated left-liberal paper. It's web
archives go back to 1986 and can be accessed for a € 5 (UK-� 3) monthly fee.
Alternatively, the CD-ROM with all articles since 1986 can be ordered for € 50.
- Die Welt
Die Welt is the most conservative broadsheet in Germany. It's archives
from 1995 and still can be accessed for free.
The only national "tabloid" (Bild is a broadsheet by format, but a tabloid in content) in Germany is
Bild. With its circulation
of more than 4,000,000 on weekdays, it reaches more than double the combined total of all
national broadsheets, and more than quadruple the audience of the largest local paper.
Bild's political stance is slightly right-of-center, but populist would probably be a
accurate description. Unfortunately, its online archive was closed down in 2002.
Local Papers with Extensive Online Archives
- Berliner Morgenpost
The Morgenpost offers a free online
archive from May 1, 2002.
- Tagesspiegel (Berlin)
Tagesspiegel archives from 1996 can be accessed for €0.10
(about 7p) per article.
- Berliner Zeitung
left-of-center Berliner Zeitung covers the German capital from a East Berlin perspective.
free archive features a full
search of all issues since April 2, 1994.
- Fuldaer Zeitung
The Fuldaer Zeitung
the monopoly local paper in the county of Fulda, an economically weak region with a strongly
Catholic population and a stable CDU majority. Its archives
cover local news.
- Lausitzer Rundschau (Cottbus)
The LR is published for one of the economically weakest regions in Germany, Lower Lusatia, where
substantial Sorbian minority lives. Its — except for local desk articles — free online archive date back to 2000.
- Rhein Zeitung (Coblence)
covers the fairly properous region along the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Its free archive contains all articles since 1996.
- Täglicher Anzeiger Holzminden
The tah is
published in one of the weakest economic regions in West Germany. Its online archive begins in 2000 and covers
- Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ)
The WAZ with its numerous local editions covers the Ruhr Area between Duisburg and Dortmund.
circulation of approximately 750,000, it is the largest local paper. Its free archive dates back to 1997.