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Cheat Sheet: The Economist

Launched in 1843, The Economist has been around longer than public relations itself. For those who pitch stories, it remains as daunting as Kilimanjaro. Yet many executives insist on climbing it. What is PR to do? The publication doesn’t even offer bylines.

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The Economist Launches Survey to Chart 2020 Course

The Economist this week fielded a reader survey that revealed where the 176-year-old publication might be headed. By contemplating the survey questions, PR pros stand to learn much about the Economist’s goals specifically, and also about Tier 1 editorial values in general.

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Pitch Opp: “Open Future” from The Economist

Having been around since 1843, The Economist has a finely honed instinct for survival. The newspaper’s current editorial custodians, led by EIC Zanny Minton Beddoes, lately sense disturbing shifts in politics, economics and society. These shifts, The Economist believes, bode ill — perhaps for the newspaper itself.

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Gen AI: The Big Fizzle?

Goldman Sachs took 32 pages to say pretty much that. The media business may turn out to be an outlier, an industry perfectly suited to synthetic, multilingual words, sounds and images at scale. As for everyone else, well, the global consultancies will learn the truth first because they have rushed to monetize Gen AI — they aren’t yet succeeding.

Bloomberg Businessweek Goes Monthly

Now a misnomer, the Businessweek name will stick around for a while longer. Bloomberg is investing big in paper stock and photography. It’ll be a coffee table magazine, showcasing all that Bloomberg does. Now we know why Brad Stone took this new assignment. The first refurbed issue arrives in July.

Semafor Goes AI Crazy

Fourteen of 19 tech stories in the Semafor technology section are about AI. Two of the five outliers were about TikTok’s potential sale. Semafor sells itself on being differentiated. Chasing AI-news-of-the-day won’t achieve that.

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