News from the Baltic Rim

The Hanseatic is news from the Baltic Sea region, delivered directly to your inbox.

The name The Hanseatic’ celebrates the historical connection of the peoples bordering the Baltic Sea. At the same time, it is a nod to The Arctic Journal, a past journalistic project I was editor for.

Who am I? Kevin McGwin, Denmark-based journalist and editor focusing on Baltic, Arctic and Nordic issues. The mission of The Arctic Journal was to provide ‘regional news with a global perspective’. After moving to the island of Bornholm in 2018, my focus has shifted from the countries around the Arctic Ocean to the countries around the Baltic Sea. My goal, however, is the same: to cover the region’s issues from a global perspective. I hope it is as well received as The Arctic Journal was.

Regular editions …
Readers of The Hanseatic can expect news about the Baltic Sea region in daily and weekly formats. In time, I plan to add monthly and quarterly articles.

As a general rule, articles will be free to read.

The Daily Parse provides a summary and analysis of the main points about a current topic related to the Baltic Sea region. Articles are published four or five times a week and include external articles and resources to give readers a place to begin if they would like to learn more.

The Weekly Cover is The Hanseatic’s main story of the week. These articles will sometimes look ahead at one of the more important or interesting topics of the coming week, or they may provide insight and analysis about a current issue.

Planned Quarterly Reports will provide a more in-depth look at an issue or event relating to the Baltic, or a survey about a location in the region.

… occasional features …

A section called BaltiCulture will feature articles about the arts and culture of the region.

I also have a section called UPDATE. My intention isn’t to cover ’breaking’, ’developing’ or even ’day-to-day’ news. The region’s national, regional and local news outlets do a far better job at that than I can. Sometimes, though, the news can’t wait. In The Hanseatic’s case, this will mostly be news about Bornholm and Denmark.

The Baltic Profiles section will feature interviews and profiles of the individuals who shape – and are shaped by – the region.

A section called Ideas featuring commentary, analysis, arguments and other forms of opinionated thinking will serve as one of the pillars of The Hanseatic. The Related Thinks section will provide links to external commentary and blog posts related to the region.

If you are interested in submitting content, please contact me. And, before you ask, no, I can’t pay for articles. Or at least not yet.

… sent direct to your inbox
All articles will be available at for free. Newsletter subscribers will receive daily, weekly and quarterly editions sent directly to their inbox. These may include adverts. I’ll also be hounding readers to sponsor my work.

As a service to our readers, The Hanseatic will publish press releases. My ambition is to have a calendar of events related to the region.

A website in the rough
The rudimentary appearance of the website reflects my focus on journalism, and the fact that I have several other irons in the fire. In the short term, my focus will be on getting each edition sent. My apologies ahead of time if I don’t. Things like other assignments, holidays, business travel, kids’ school events and the like may result in interruptions.

As The Hanseatic evolves, my focus will be on improving the website and keeping up with changing tastes in the way journalism is consumed.

I welcome your comments and suggestions.

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