This is where I work

The Tageszeitung (taz) has a pretty fierce rivalry with the Axel Springer publishing group, which prints the conservative-leaning tabloid Das Bild and daily Die Welt, among others. When I was first given a tour of the taz building back in the fall, my guide brought me up to the lovely rooftop deck and pointed out the huge Springer building a block away. “The enemy,” she said.

Of course, it’s a fairly one-sided rivalry: The taz has a fraction of the revenue, readership, and reputation of Springer. But the tazlers have gotten their revenge in little ways.

First, they managed to get the street that runs from taz HQ to the Springer building renamed, from the neutral Kochstraße to Rudi-Dutschke-Straße, after the radical 1960s student leader. (Dutschke and his compatriots routinely attacked Springer and once blockaded the company’s newspaper distribution.)

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German tabloid’s Page One Girl goes bust

For a journalist who fears the decline of the print newspaper, Germany is a beacon of hope. Subways and streetcars are full of newspaper readers, and though some downsizing has occurred at the country’s big papers, it’s nowhere near the level of American media layoffs.

But then you remember that the country’s largest-circulation paper, by far, is Bild. The daily tabloid is best known for its massive, sensational headlines and its topless Page One Girl.

This morning, it featured both, and even bigger than usual. But they marked something of a milestone, and one millions of Germans will surely mourn.

The headline: “Bild Eliminates Page One Girl.”

The photo: “the beautiful Eva from Poland,” the last Page One Girl ever.

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