The Rheinische Post is a major German regional daily newspaper, published since 1946 by the Rheinische Post Verlagsgesellschaft mbH company. With its headquarters in Düsseldorf[2] the paper is especially dominant in the western part of North Rhine-Westphalia.

History and profile

Rheinische Post 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 license. The newspaper was established in 1946[3] and belongs to the Arnold, Betz, Droste, Alt and Ebel families.

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. The paper is published in Rhenish format.[4]

The circulation of Rheinische Post was 343,000 copies during the third quarter of 1992.[2] In 2001 the paper had a circulation of 418,000 copies.[5] The circulation of the paper was 411,000 copies in 2004.[4] Its circulation was 399,215 copies in the first quarter of 2006.[6]

Editorial staff

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. [7]

Former editors

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 Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung; Reitz accomplished a range of editorial reforms and cancelled the dpa-ticker.[9]

Caricatures

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.

Internet presence

The Rheinische Post is called rp-online and adds recent news to the print edition. Links lead to the reader portal Opinio [10] and the scene portal Tonight [11] as well as the online portal Kalaydo.

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.

“Tonight”

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.