Heilbronn voice

Feature photo: three daily newspapers | © Voice of Heilbronn

Since March 28, 1946 there has been a free press in Heilbronn again, namely the Heilbronn voice. Then, on July 30, 1949, that happened Neckar echo added, which had previously been a Heilbronn daily newspaper from 1908 to 1933. Unfortunately she could Neckar newspaper, which could be read in Heilbronn and the surrounding area from 1861 to 1934, can no longer be reactivated. A side note: one of the Neckar-Zeitung was editors-in-chief Theodor Heuss.

Since the Neckar-Echo last appeared on June 30, 1967, the Heilbronner Voice has had the press monopoly in Heilbronn and the surrounding area. It's good that Heilbronn still has its own newspaper, but it's less good that Heilbronn's press diversity is limited to the opinion of one editor-in-chief or the newspaper owner. That's why it's all the better that, in contrast to its predecessors Neckar-Echo (SPD) and Neckar-Zeitung (liberal), the Heilbronn voice sees itself as an independent daily newspaper that is committed to liberality, progress and non-partisanship.

I myself grew up with the voice of Heilbronn and read it almost every day until I graduated from high school. Then again regularly after my return to Heilbronn, but rather daily in its “online version”. This also has to do with the fact that printed daily newspapers are generally retreating further and further into the niche of a “luxury good”. But also with the fact that mobile citizens are increasingly turning to national daily newspapers and, at least as far as I am concerned, consider the local sections there to be superfluous; I often regretted that there was no way to get the Heilbronn local section of these national newspapers.

So I'm always happy when I can read in the voice that it has again received a prize, and in the meantime the voice from Heilbronn has probably won almost all media prizes that exist in Germany. But I am even happier when a contribution by the Heilbronner Voice is mentioned in the press review of Deutschlandfunk. This means that the Heilbronn voice can definitely keep up with the daily newspapers in other cities and has its own place in the press landscape to back up.

I think it's very good that with the voice.de Read newspaper news for free, and if you are particularly interested in a premium article, you can also purchase it individually. In the meantime, the problem for "Exil-Heilbronner" has also been solved.

I like it even better that the voice of Heilbronn is displayed electronically in a shop window on the market square, so that it can be easily read by all passers-by. When the headquarters of the Heilbronner Voice at Allee 2 was recently renovated, I assumed that the current daily newspaper would also be available there “electronically”. However, the decision was made to stick to a printed version, especially at the headquarters, and the reason for this seemed very plausible to me.

Motivated by this, I went past the showcase there on Saturday to look at the freshly issued daily newspaper. To my amazement, I found out that it was the newspaper from last Friday. It is a well-known fact that nothing is older than yesterday's newspaper, which is why I now appeal to those responsible: You can certainly do it better!

In my opinion, the voice of Heilbronn with all its offers has mastered the balancing act from luxury goods to products of everyday use, and will certainly be able to stay with us for a long time to come. That's why I also think it's wrong that in future the subscribers to the printed daily newspaper will not receive a replacement delivery of the newspaper, but only a credit note. I'm curious as to why.

"Nietzsche said the newspaper had replaced the prayer in the life of the modern bourgeois, meaning that the busy, the cheap, the ephemeral, had usurped all that remained of the eternal in his daily life."

Alan BloomThe Closing of the American Mind (1987: 59)