The Economist: The new wars of religion

Nov 1st 2007
From The Economist print edition

Here’s an interesting article about the impact of religious conflict on global politics and economics. This article is part of a larger series of articles in the November 1 issue. All of the articles are available online.

I’ve always wondered . . .
Does anyone know why the Economist never acknowledges the authors of their articles? What’s the journalistic thinking behind that? I’ve always wondered — and now I know! Here’s what Wikipedia’s listing for the Economist shows today:

“The Economist does not print by-lines identifying the authors of articles other than survey articles and articles written by outsiders “By Invitation”. In their own words: “It is written anonymously, because it is a paper whose collective voice and personality matter more than the identities of individual journalists.”[19] Where needed, references to the author within the article are made as “your correspondent.” Rare exceptions to this rule occur where there might otherwise be a conflict of interest such as when reviewing a book written by someone connected with The Economist.”

There is it.


2 responses to “The Economist: The new wars of religion

  1. Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog. I read it daily. Keep it up…

  2. Unfortunately, the “collective voice” of the The Economist has gone out the window with the introduction of their most recent editor. Half the articles are not pro-free markets but rather pro-government regulation and intervention, and the other half are the good old Economist I used to know. I’d rather see who’s writing the good articles and which new hires are writing the awful articles, so I can write to have them fired ASAP. I’m letting my Economist subscription run out when it expires– I don’t want an article every week telling me that socialism is great.

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