Die Tageszeitung (German: [diː ˈtaːɡəsˌtsaɪtʊŋ], “The Daily
Newspaper”), stylized as die tageszeitung and commonly referred to
as taz, is a cooperative-owned German daily newspaper administrated by
its employees. Founded in 1978 in
Berlin as part of an independent,
progressive and politically left-leaning movement, it has focused on
current politics, social issues such as inequality, ecological crises
both local and international, and other topics not covered by the more
traditional and conservative newspapers. It has often supported the
German Green Party, but the taz has also been critical of the
SPD/Greens coalition government (1998–2005).
2 The "potato Affair"
4 See also
7 External links
Die Tageszeitung was established in 1978. From the beginning, the
taz was intended to be an alternative to the mainstream press, in its
own words: "irreverent, commercially independent, intelligent and
entertaining." One expression of its alternative approach to
journalism was the payment of unified salaries for all employees until
1991. Nowadays, employees in highly responsible positions receive
bonuses. Still, salaries paid by the taz are considerably lower than
what is paid in the rest of the industry.
WOZ Die Wochenzeitung
WOZ Die Wochenzeitung (formerly WoZ) and taz are joint editors of the
German-language edition of Le Monde diplomatique as a supplement of
Since 1992, the Tageszeitung has been owned by currently more than
13,500 paying members. It has a circulation of more than 60,000, with
almost 50,000 subscriptions. In 1995, it was the first German national
newspaper to make all of the content of issue available online.
From the beginning, the Tageszeitung appeared in a nationwide edition
as well as in a
Berlin local edition. Over the years, local editorial
offices for North Rhine-Westphalia,
Hamburg and Bremen were added.
While the latter two were merged to "taz nord" (North) the NRW-offices
were closed as of July 2007.
In the 2013 elections the magazine was among the supporters of the
The "potato Affair"
On 26 June 2006
Die Tageszeitung published a satirical article on its
last page, headlined Die Wahrheit (the truth) that is reserved for
satire and nonsense. It was titled Polens neue Kartoffel. Schurken,
die die Welt beherrschen wollen. Heute: Lech „Katsche“ Kaczynski
(Poland's new potatoes. Rogues who want to rule the world. Today: Lech
„Katsche“ Kaczynski). This article ridiculed the Polish
politicians President of
Lech Kaczyński and Prime Minister of
Poland Jarosław Kaczyński.
Lech Kaczyński then cancelled talks that
were scheduled between Germany,
Poland and France (the Weimar
Triangle), officially for reasons of sickness.
The taz is noted for its tongue-in-cheek headlines, such as:
Oh mein Gott! (Oh my god!) – On the election of
Joseph Ratzinger as
Pope Benedict XVI
Es ist ein Mädchen (It's a girl) – On the election of Angela Merkel
as the first female Chancellor of Germany
Oops – they did it again! – On the re-election of George W. Bush
as President of the United States
On 5 June 2008, the paper published a picture headlined "Onkel Baracks
Hütte" (Uncle Barack's Cabin) with a picture of the White House below
the headline as part of an article about then-Senator Barack Obama.
That headline, which made reference to the book "Uncle Tom's Cabin",
was perceived as racist by some of its readership.
Die Tageszeitung in the Rudi-Dutschke-Strasse in the Berlin
district of Kreuzberg
List of newspapers in Germany
Friede sei mit Dir
^ "European News Resources". NYU Libraries. Retrieved 24 January
^ Bernard Degen (20 November 2013). "WochenZeitung (WOZ)" (in German).
Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
^ Juan P. Artero (February 2015). "Political Parallelism and Media
Coalitions in Western Europe" (PDF). Reuters Institute for the Study
of Journalism. Archived from the original (Working paper) on 16 April
2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
^ Polens neue Kartoffel. In: taz, 26 June 2006. (in German)
^ "Happy Birthday, taz!".
Die Zeit (in German). 17 April 2009.
Retrieved 17 April 2009.
^ Is "Uncle Barack's Cabin" racist?
taz - die tageszeitung.
Die Tageszeitung Verlagsgenossenschaft e. G.,
Berlin 1.1987,1ff. ISSN 0931-9085
Oliver Tolmein/Detlef zum Winkel: tazsachen. Kralle zeigen - Pfötchen
Hamburg 1988. ISBN 3-922144-76-4
Jörg Magenau: Die taz. Eine Zeitung als Lebensform. München 2007,
Nora Münz: Links und liebenswert. Nutzungsmotive von Lesern der
tageszeitung (taz). In: Senta Pfaff-Rüdiger / Michael Meyen (Hg.):
Alltag, Lebenswelt und Medien. Lit Verlag. Münster 2007. S. 215-235.
taz website (in German)