“It’s Anonymous. It’s The Economist”. The Journalistic and Business Value of Anonymity

  title={“It’s Anonymous. It’s The Economist”. The Journalistic and Business Value of Anonymity},
  author={{\'A}. Arrese},
  journal={Journalism Practice},
  pages={471 - 488}
  • Á. Arrese
  • Published 2020
  • Political Science
  • Journalism Practice
ABSTRACT The Economist is nowadays, at its 177 years, the only major news brand that remains loyal to the rule of anonymity with which it was born in 1843. As a unique exception, but also as a journalistic model admired and respected around the world, the magazine’s long romance with anonymity, and the reasons why this tradition has been maintained, despite going against the tide, makes interesting reading today, both from a professional and a business point of view. This article analyses and… Expand
1 Citations
The Evolution of Anonymity in the Economist
The Economist is the only major news brand today that has remained true to the tradition of anonymity with which it was born in the mid-nineteenth century. As an exception, but also as a journalist...


On the Condition of Anonymity: Unnamed Sources and the Battle for Journalism
Carlson, Matt. On the Condition of Anonymity: Unnamed Sources and the Battle for Journalism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. 216 pp. $45. AP Style dictates that reporters use unnamedExpand
The pursuit of reason : the Economist, 1843-1993
As well as a history of "The Economist", this book sheds light on the major economic, business and diplomatic issues of the last 150 years - from the Irish Famine (it did not know what to do) toExpand
Journalistic authority: Legitimating news in the digital era
The aim of Matt Carlson’s latest book, titled Journalistic Authority: Legitimating News in the Digital Era, is to suggest a theoretical model through which the state of journalistic authority – theExpand
Constrained authors: Bylines and authorship in news reporting
The proliferation of bylines characterized the news as an imperfect, all too human account of reality, opening the way towards journalistic stardom, altering power relations within the news industryExpand
The paper is an in-depth study of the use of unnamed sources in the reports of two big, international news agencies, The Associated Press (AP) and Reuters. Traditionally, news agencies have referredExpand
Civility 2.0: a comparative analysis of incivility in online political discussion
In an effort to clean up user comment sections, news organizations have turned to Facebook, the world's largest social network site, as a way to make users more identifiable and accountable for theExpand
What's in a Name? Some Reflections on the Sociology of Anonymity
  • G. Marx
  • Computer Science, Sociology
  • Inf. Soc.
  • 1999
This article identifies a number of major rationales and contexts for anonymity and identifiability and suggests a principle of truth in the nature of naming, which holds that those who use pseudonyms on the Internet in personal communications have an obligation to indicate they are doing so. Expand
More than a decade after the adoption of the Internet by news organisations and newsrooms, journalism is still coming to terms with its implications. It offers a novel platform for reaching audiencesExpand
Virtuous or Vitriolic
In an effort to encourage community dialogue while also building reader loyalty, online newspapers have offered a way for readers to become engaged in the news process, most popularly with onlineExpand
Internet anonymity as a reflection of broader issues involving technology and society
It's a remarkable piece of apparatus. F. Kafka, "In The Penal Colony" The hurricane of social change wrought by information technology can be viewed along with the development of permanentExpand