Shared CCI Editorial System in Germany Grows

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By: E&P Staff

In Germany, Holtzbrinck’s Lausitzer Rundschau will join the CCI editorial system of Saarbruecker Zeitung on Jan. 1. The daily’s 13 editions and supplements will be produced on the CCI system that Saarbrucker Zeitung has used since 2001.

Saarbr?cker Zeitung’s local editions are published in Brandenburg and Sachsen. The CCI server environment in Saarbruecken will be extended and the bandwidth between the two editorial sites increased.

Multiple newsrooms working from a common database can collaborate and share content. Staffers and freelancers can work on shared stories or themes within their own newsrooms, but with equal access to the central system. Pages can easily be created and exchanged in the system, with text, photos and graphics managed in one database.

Last year, the Holtzbrinck group’s Trierischer Volksfreund began using Saarbruecker Zeitung system, as did Pfalzischer Merkur and 20cent Saarland, allowing the papers to increase efficiencies by, for example, exchanging regional and national pages and inserts. The results prompted Holtzbrinck to continue with its strategy.

“This way, we can reduce production costs in the company even more and speed up the work in the newsrooms,” Saarbruecker Zeitung Production Management Leader and Project Manager Patric Schaefer said in a statement. “To our readers and advertising customers, this means even more detailed and up-to-date information, as well as a more targeted placement of ads.”

Lausitz am Sonntag, a classified weekly, began using the system last month, just five weeks after kick-off. “The opportunity to begin with the weekly paper, which is published in Cottbus… is from a technical view a stroke of luck and certainly a great chance for us to prepare thoroughly for the planned switch-over of the main sections in January 2009,” Project Manager Frank Kaeppler said.

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