In the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, I see abbreviations like

Sarkozy gibt Kandidatur für UMP-Vorsitz bekannt

mic. PARIS, 19. September. Der frühere französische Präsident Nicolas Sarkozy ...

I assume that "mic." are the initials of the author of this article. Is that true? (I've never seen this in English-based newspapers before.)

If so, how can I find out the full name of the author? (The article is not continued on other pages.)

Another example:

Schotten stimmen gegen Unabhängigkeit

Cameron ruft zur Geschlossenheit auf und verspricht größere Autonomie / Erleichterung in Brüssel

job./theu./now. EDINBURGH/LONDON/BRÜSSEL, 19. September. In Schottland haben 55 Prozent der Stimmberechtigten gegen die Abspaltung ...

  • Are we talking about in the print version of the paper, or online? I don't see the same abbreviations in online articles, but rather a full author's name. – Milchgesicht Oct 1 '14 at 19:42
  • @Milchgesicht I'm talking about the print version of the paper, and also not all articles. Some articles do have the full name of the author. – boaten Oct 1 '14 at 19:44

This is a Kürzel and represent the author or the source of the article.

This Kürzel may be the initials, but it may be another abbreviation. In the print version is sometimes a list nearby the 'Impressum'.

You can check some examples of Kürzel on the website of the FAZ, for Baden-Württemberg

There are special Kürzel:


You are right, it’s the author, Michaela Wiegel in this case. The abbrevation is displayed prominently on her author profile.

Here is a list of FAZ authors – or just google for "FAZ" + [shortname].

  • There's even a search engine for the "Kürzel" (logogram). Here's a search for job. (the dot must be typed). – user6191 Oct 1 '14 at 20:17

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