Bulletin in Vyšší Brod

Due to the regulations concerning document-shredding of the present District Authority in Český Krumlov, it is not possible to find out when the Bulletin started to be published. An application for registration, which was probably sent by the Local Authority in Vyšší Brod to the District Authority in Český Krumlov, as well as the record of the decision of this authority were not kept in either case. The only hope is that there will be a copy of both in the archive of Vyšší Brod, which has not been organised yet. From the registration mark that the new Bulletin was given, we can definitely say that the publication of the Bulletin was first authorised in 1986. The oldest known issue dates from May of the same year. The possibility that this is the first issue is doubtful, because there is not a single mention of it. After a cautious beginning, when there were only 300 issues published, and in July and August 500 issues, the Bulletin became a monthly periodical from October 1986. From November, 600 issues were published each month and this was the norm for more than a year. At the same time, the graphics side of the Bulletin was changing. A sheet of paper, size A3, was folded just once. On the top, there was the name and heraldic sign of the City in a Baroque style frame. From October 1986, this format was folded twice, which resulted in a long narrow section. The whole front page was designed as the title page of the Bulletin. There was the title, Bulletin in Vyšší Brod, a picture of the Monastery, and the date. This was the presentation until 1991.

From the date of its origin in 1986 until November 1987, the chief editorial office was held by Mrs. Milena Světničková, and the philosophy of the paper fully typified its editors - the local branch of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, and the local City Authority in Vyšší Brod. A major part of it was dedicated to celebrations of then important political anniversaries, and reports on fulfilling the plans of the different branches of the National Front, such as the Women´s Union, Pensioners Club, the Disabled Union, the Union of Fire Protection, the Union of Animal Lovers, the Physical Education Authority "Dynamo", and many others. In addition, we could read the records of jubilees of famous fellow citizens, and a vast cultural programme of social activities. In some issues, there were also articles about healthy eating, cooking recipes and crosswords, which only represented a small amount of space compared with the politically oriented news. Throughout the year 1987, news from the local City Authority about its activities and tasks gradually appeared (they were a sort of fore-runner to the current news of the City Council). In the same year, there were also quite frequent articles about the history of the village and the Monastery, written by Mr. Miroslav Kočí.

After Mrs. Světničková, the office was held by Mr. Břetislav Wajtr, a Deputy of the local City Authority, from December 1987. In January 1988 Mr. Čestmír Mlíkovský joined the editorial team of the Bulletin, and it began to change rapidly. The basic concept remained, but news from every day life of the community began to appear more frequently. These articles not only praised, but also pointed out defects and things in disorder in the village and elsewhere. The Bulletin continued in the tradition of historical articles, which were prepared by the local chronicle keeper, Mrs. Jitka Daňková. The text was accompanied by pictures, often even amateur drawings, different colour headings, and glosses. Sometimes the arrangement of the page seemed chaotic, but the Bulletin gained its own identity and a more friendly look. It became so popular that in May of 1988, 700 issues were printed and sold, which was the highest number ever in the history of the Bulletin.

At the beginning of the year 1989, Mrs. Faldynová joined the editor's office, managed by Mr. Wajtr. She worked on the March issue along with Mr. Mlíkovský, who finished off his career with the Bulletin. His departure meant a great loss for the Bulletin, and a tendency to decrease the graphical side, and the popular friendliness of the paper. Despite the obvious effort to maintain the same standard and quality, the Bulletin started to decline. This was also supported by the unstable political situation in the State, which reached its peak at the end of the year 1989, when the Communist regime collapsed. The new year meant a change of sponsors (just the local City Authority, and later the Village Authority in Vyšší Brod) for the Bulletin, and the beginning of a crisis. In the period between March and September there were no issues, and later issues had a smaller format - only an A4 sheet. In February 1992, the Bulletin was sold, for the first time in its history, even though the price was just 1,-Kč. That probably caused the decrease of interest, and the edition had to be put down from 700 to 200 issues, and there was another period of non-issue between April and December.

Its reissue began once again in January 1992. The members of the editorial office were not mentioned in it, but the Chief editor was Mrs. Eva Cachová, the Manager of the Cultural Centre in Vyšší Brod. It became the sponsor, along with the Village Authority. The Bulletin was completely reorganised. The first and major change was that of its format. An A3 sheet of paper was folded once, and in its upper portion was the title Bulletin in Vyšší Brod, the City heraldic sign, and other facts. The main topics were news from the meetings of the Village Council, various information for citizens, congratulations on important anniversaries, and articles about local history. The Bulletin was very plain, but tasteful and tidy, in compliance with the saying "beauty is in simplicity". From August 1992, the sponsor again changed; it was only the Cultural Centre, and at the same time, a new Chief editor came to office, Mrs. Zdeňka Večerníková. That meant a great increase in the popularity of the Bulletin, and a change of format, from the folded sheet A3 to a folded sheet A3 with an A4 page inserted, then to two folded pages of the A3 format. The Bulletin tried to avoid basic news, and started to be more readable. The usual edition was 300 issues, the price raised to 2,-Kč, sometimes even 3,-Kč. At the beginning of the year 1993 the Bulletin in Vyšší Brod co-operated with Miroslav Raboch, Lubomír Brabec, Josef Honetschläger, Josef Podobský, and Jitka Daňková. In May and June 1993, they were stated as members of the Editorial team, but their presence brought differences of opinion, which led to the resignation of some of the members, including Mrs. Večerníková. She then cooperated on the magazine "Vyšebrodsko", which meant competition to the local press. Its management passed to the new leader of the Cultural centre, Mrs. Alena Stropková, who cooperated with the editor's council which included Jitka Daňková, Lubomír Brabec, and Josef Honetschläger. An unsuccessful attempt was made to print the Bulletin on computer, which led to the Bulletin having a new heading. Mr. Jiří Anderle, who contributed to the Bulletin with historical articles from February 1993, was officially made one of the editors in December 1993.

The year 1994 was a period of competition with the above mentioned "Vyšebrodsko", which became the driving force for the editors and made them more effective. The main contents of the paper were replies to critics of the local management of the ODS (political party), issued by the "Vyšebrodsko". The real target was the presentation of the opposition parties for the coming election. Apart from that, all sorts of news from the city life, regular accounts of decisions reached by the city council, cultural events, congratulations on important life jubilees, and other articles were printed. The Bulletin was extended several times through out the year, and its price rose to 5,-Kč. From the spring months, the articles of Mr. Jiří Anderle, signed as -aj- became the centre of interest. The Bulletin in Vyšší Brod was issued once every fortnight (January, April), and the heading was changed again. The end of issue of the "Vyšebrodsko" caused a minor crisis. Several members of the editorial office left their jobs, and in 1995 there were only two remaining members (Mrs. Stopková, Mr. Anderle). The Bulletin was issued every two months and its size and price varied. The old-fashioned style of preparation, very time consuming, became a major problem for its editors. Every page of the Bulletin was written on A3 sheets, on which pictures were being painted and fixed. The prepared sheets were taken to the printing factory Artypa in Holubov (May 1986), to Jihočeské tiskárny in Český Krumlov (from June 1986 to June 1992), or to the printing factory Šumava in Český Krumlov (from the end of the year 1993). In the printing factories they scaled the sheets down to A4´s and copied them. From the beginning of 1994, this procedure was done on the copy machine in the editorial office.

Another attempt to produce the Bulletin on computer was made in the summer edition July - August - September. This time, the offer of the charity Nadace Malá Šumava was accepted, and the computers of the movement Hnutí Duha in Brno were used. This completely changed the system of work. The preparation of the sheets by computer stopped the difficult creation of columns and correction of mistakes. It was also easier to insert pictures into the text. Producing the Bulletin through computer was the first step towards its expansion. This all occurred at the beginning of the year 1996. The new decade of the Bulletin was started, and it was decided to change its appearance. It was scaled down to A5, but the number of pages increased. It also enabled some changes to be made to the title page where apart from the usual heading, city sign, and date, also appeared regularly changed pictures with the main contents. It was also possible to divide the articles into the different sections, of which the main one was "From our city", which contained articles about life and events in the city. The history of the city and its surrounding was transferred into the magazine "Historical Herald", which was issued by the Vyšší Brod Historical Society, every two months. The editorial office: Alena Stropková, Jiří Anderle, Ilona Nevoralová (the Deputy Lord Mar), Bohuslav Binka (Nadace Malá Šumava). In May 1996 an agreement was reached between the editors and Mr. Tomáš Václavík working for WPS in Vyšší Brod, who would provide the graphics of the paper on his own computer equipment. An older version computer was bought for the preparation of the text part of the paper directly in the office of the Culture Centre, and later in a special room that had been rebuilt from a bathroom. In the following year (1997), Mr. Binka left the magazine, and from August the Bulletin was prepared on a special computer, directly in the editorial office, by the members of staff themselves.

The Bulletin in Vyšší Brod has reached an important position in the city as a source of information concerning life in the city, events happening in the local City Authority, cultural events, social, interest, and culture organisations. The editors consider expanding the Bulletin to reach out-lying villages near Vyšší Brod.


Further information :
Media in the Český Krumlov Region
Culture and Society in the Český Krumlov Region
Culture and Society in Český Krumlov


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