About The Economist

FAQs  -- last updated June 2014.

Who writes the articles in The Economist?
The print edition of the Economist is written almost entirely anonymously. This does not mean that we are secretive about who we are, or about who writes specific articles.  You can always ask to be put in touch with the author of an article by calling or emailing the office.

You can also use the Media Directory to find out about the different journalists who work for us.

For those intrigued by our anonymity, more on this subject can be found in this document.

Does the Economist hire freelancers?
Some. But we don't pay well (I'm told). For Science you should offer stories that are not in the main journals, and if the journal has put out a press release you should add value to this in some way with a new angle or piece of information that has not been used or picked up on. You should keep an eye on the kind of things that we write about if you want to pitch successfully. Please, please, please don't send me pitches for pieces on medicine if you are a freelance. Send it to the science editor, Geoffrey Carr.

Do you take interns?
Yes. You can find out more about The Economist's intern opportunities from a dedicated website. The announcement for the science intern is generally published in the science and technology section in the first few weeks of February.

Do you mind writing anonymously?
No, or I wouldn't work here. As we have moved into the social space we have added our initials to some blog postings, and we sometimes tweet our pieces under our own name.

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