Tageswoche, an independent Swiss newspaper, has launched in Basel 14 months after the city’s liberal Basler Zeitung was sold to unwanted investors. TagesWoche’s editorial team of 30 professional journalists, including former ‘BaZ’ staff, promise to challenge the Swiss media landscape through an innovative daily online and weekly print model based on open source software.
TagesWoche produces daily news and commentary on its website from Basel, including national and international stories. Every Friday, TagesWoche’s print issue is distributed nationwide with additional background information and in-depth analysis. The print newspaper has 4000 subscribers already, and the first print issue has a circulation of 100,000. 2000 online community members signed up in the first weekend.
Co-executive editor Urs Buess explained: “TagesWoche stands for innovative, quality journalism and engages into close dialogue with its readers following cutting-edge technological possibilities.”
Prague-based media and software developers Sourcefabric are responsible for TagesWoche’s technical framework. Sourcefabric implemented Newscoop, an open source content management system for newsrooms. Over 20 new features were designed by them in close collaboration with the TagesWoche team including Printdesk, which brings print tools like InDesign and InCopy into one workflow alongside online publishing.
Newscoop’s Feed Ingest was also custom-built to integrate external newswire feeds into the editorial process.
“Transforming your news room into a fully convergent news platform is possible for anyone with an open mind and open technologies like Newscoop,” explained Sourcefabric co-founder Micz Flor. “Entering a new publication into an established media landscape is not easy.
Sustainability requires profitability and TagesWoche are both business and media innovators.”
Features like Article of the Day, Recommended Comments, the Weekly Debate and playlists for popular content allow TagesWoche’s journalists to generate and promote material that keeps the site fresh. Storyboard allows reporters to crowdsource local investigative work, Dossiers provide in-depth analysis and geolocation data is used to position the news at the heart of the community.
An Omnibox is featured on every page where readers can share not just text, but audio, pictures and documents that relate to an article, either publicly or privately with the article’s author. To maintain transparency, every TagesWoche article has a ‘flipside’ with an impressum, list of sources and revision history.