October 3rd saw the relaunch of Nordsee- Zeitung, a daily newspaper in Bremen, Germany, covering local news, sports, business, jobs, and community events, reported Kress. The publication, which underwent a complete visual, content and organisational overhaul, now collaborates with a news desk organisation and uses a new layout created by chief visual designer of Dortmunder newspaper, Peter Johansmeier. In a press release, Editor-in-Chief, Jost Lübben, indicated a desire to "work more regionally and locally, and have a stronger presence across various city districts and towns." The revamp follows that of various other German titles, including Handelsblatt in November, but goes against the current trend to move away from hyper-local news coverage.
With the support of a full editorial team -again, unusual in the current climate - Nordsee hopes to establish greater in-house effort and a reduced reliance on advertising for revenue. Amongst other changes saw the addition of two new economy pages "My Money", offering consumer advice and "Concrete Economy" providing analysis on the regional, national and international economy. The Nordsee also serves eight further smaller publications with content, bringing its current circulation up to an impressive130.000 daily - which looks set to increase.