The Economist, a weekly publication that look a lot like a magazine, is actually a newspaper. Today, in a blog post in honor of its 170th birthday (and sponsored by GE), the magazine newspaper explains why it insists on calling itself a newspaper.
It all goes back to the beginning.
When the publication launched in 1843, founder James Wilson described it a “a weekly paper, to be published every Saturday”. In the first issue, which hit newsstands (or whatever the 1843 equivalent of newsstands was) 170 years ago today called itself a “political, commercial, agricultural, and free-trade journal” (The Economist notes that it used Oxford commas back in the heady early days)
off the record
Ever-progressive world policy journal The Economist ran a piece about the tragic state of sobriety in the workplace. Their argument boiled down to: Everyone is boring without booze, which while often true, isn’t necessarily something you’d expect to find in The Economist.
Neither is the correction at the bottom of the piece.
If one desires a GRE vocabulary or dinner-party fluency in world affairs, The Economist has long been the preferred tool of self-improvement. And as we increasingly cull and buff our self-image online, the London-based status-magazine is enjoying an outsize reverberation on social media.
The Economist recently passed the million-”Like” landmark. By comparison, social media Read More
Well this is the best press release to land in our Inbox in awhile, courtesy of The Economist. Be advised, this was the entirety of the e-mail:
Subject: Madonna On Berlusconi
“What do I think of Berlusconi? I don’t want to talk about that. But the English weekly The Economist has already said it all, right?” This statement, which was made by Madonna when asked about the Italian Prime Minister, was initially printed in Oggi magazine, an Italian publication.”
Romenesko notes the debate between new-media evangelist Jay Rosen and The Shallows author Nicholas Carr over whether the Internet is making journalism better. The debate takes place on the website of The Economist; a poll of readers will settle the issue, permanently, forever. (72% say the Internet makes journalism better, so Read More
“Oh, Joe!” Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, said to the Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz. It was Monday afternoon in an emptying auditorium across from the Empire State Building.
“Are you going?” Mr. Stiglitz asked.
Mr. King, a man who looks like his name should be Stamp Brooksbank or Delillers Carbonnel, apologetically nodded Read More
On the occassion of Newsweek‘s sale, The New York Times has a profile of The Economist, the hip newsweekly from across the pond (see: “globalisation”). The Economist is perhaps the magazine that Newsweek always wanted to be. The magazine’s readership is a smaller, self-selecting group, and its able to charge more. “Bankers read Read More
Newsweek has gotten the most attention for moving offices after it went downtown to Hudson Street last year only to find out that it will be returning to midtown this summer.
Today The Wall Street Journal takes a look at media companies in the middle of real estate moves. And Read More
Eight months ago, after more than 14 years working as a digital-media business developer at News Corp., Daren Benzi left his job and joined a relatively unknown company called Plastic Logic, based in the same neighborhood as Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley. The company is building what they hope will be a Kindle Read More
As you may know, Newsweek is planning to cut its rate base and the number of staffers and change its look. The Wall Street Journal reports that it’ll look a lot more like The Economist, every American editors’ favorite magazine to copy.
But does Jon Meacham even like The Economist? He Read More