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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Celebrates Second Place

EconomistIULogoThree years ago, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette heralded the findings a study by The Economist Intelligence Unit with the headline “Move Over, Honolulu…” At that time, the home of the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins had statistically bested the land of leis, luaus and Higgins.

The IU news is not quite as good this time around. But when the winner is Honolulu, it’s still cause for a PA-t on the back:

Pittsburgh has racked up yet another accolade, with the designation as the “most livable city” in the continental U.S., according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2014 livability survey.

Only Honolulu outperformed Pittsburgh among U.S. cities in the study, which measured “which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions.”

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Eric Schmidt Joins The Economist Board

Eric Schmidt GEric Schmidt, the executive chairman and former CEO of Google, has been added to the The Economist Group’s board as a non-executive director.

Schmidt will serve a three-year term after a shareholder vote. He is expected to begin this month.

The Economist Group includes The Economist, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and CQ Roll Call.

With addition of Schmidt, the Econonmist’s board now includes the following people: Rupert Pennant-Rea (chairman), Chris Stibbs (group chief executive), David BellJohn ElkannRona FairheadPhilip MengelJohn Micklethwait (editor-in-chief, The Economist), Simon RobertsonLynn Forester de RothschildLuke Swanson and Schmidt.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Bloomberg LP Getting Earful of Worker Complaints, August 3
  2. Lolo Jones: Media ‘Ripped Me to Shreds’, August 8
  3. Mayor Bloomberg Gets Confrontational with WPIX Reporter Mary Murphy, August 7
  4. New York Native, Composing Great Marvin Hamlisch Succumbs to Short Illness, August 7
  5. Magazines Suffer a Brutal First Half, August 7
  6. Cover Battle: New York Times Magazine or The Economist, August 2

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Cover Battle: New York Times Magazine or The Economist

Welcome back to FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. Today we pit The New York Times Magazine versus The Economist. The Times went with a spectacular underground view of the fabled Second Avenue subway line, which is scheduled to be completed in 3017.

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The Economist is 1.5 Million Strong

For the first time, The Economist has passed the 1.5 million circulation mark. The cause? An increase in digital subscribers.

The magazine achieved print circulation of 1,487,010 in the latest ABC period (ABC UK/US July-December 2011), combined with a digital-only paid circulation of more than 100,000 in December 2011.

Andrew Rashbass, CEO of The Economist Group, said:

“It took us 160 years to reach one million circulation, but only seven years to reach one and a half million. We now expect to reach two million within five years, fueled by rapid growth in digital circulation. By then we expect to have more digital than print readers.

Although our print circulation continues to rise, at some point in the near future it will go down as more and more of our customers choose to read us on a tablet or e-reader. We’re relaxed about that because we are discovering great opportunities in digital having already reached a digital-only circulation of more than 100,000. Over 75% of these readers are new to us and 12% had previously given up their print subscription. We are seeing that our digital readers are finding new times to read and immerse themselves in a truly lean-back reading experience.”

At least they’re relaxed about this whole digital transformation.

Is someone projecting the demise of print, though?

The Economist Adds ‘China’ Section, First Single Country Addition in 70 Years

The Economist has added a section dedicated to China, the first new department dedicated to a single country since 1943, when the magazine added the United States. The debut of the feature will cover all aspects of the nation’s rise in power — be it social, political or economical.

Though China has always been covered by The Economist, John Micklethwait, the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, said the time had come for it to join other countries that have their own segment.

“I decided that China’s emergence as a global power justified giving it a section of its own,” said Micklethwait. ”It also allows us to devote more space each week to covering the deeper social, political and economic issues in the country, especially the China beyond Beijing and Shanghai. That is how we built up the reputation of the American Survey. We hope the China section becomes the starting point for anyone who wants to know more about this absorbing, complicated country.”

2012 Election Coverage? There’s an App for That

Looking to stay up-to-date on the ever-changing face of American politics?

This week, The Economist Group launched Electionism, a free HTML5 web app for tablets that focuses on the hottest subject around: the 2012 election.

The app promises insight and analysis from international, national, and beltway insider perspective; content from both The Economist and CQ Roll Call; reading lists from its journalists; and a collection of noteworthy tweets from candidates and pundits. Additional multimedia and interactive features will be added throughout the year.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Breaking: Jim Watkins Fired From WPIX, September 30
  2. Jill Nicolini Welcomed in Her WNYW Debut, October 3
  3. With Jim Watkins Out at WPIX, Kaity Tong Takes Weekends, September 30
  4. Fortune Lists 50 Most Popular Women in Business, September 30
  5. WABC/Channel 7 Moves on Without Gil Noble, Like It Is, October 3
  6. The Economist to Host a Trivia Night, October 3
  7. Michael Wolff is Not Being Fired After All, October 4
  8. An Addition to the WCBS/Channel 2 Weather Team, October 4

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The Economist to Host a Trivia Night

If you like trivia and alcohol — and who doesn’t? — you should check out The Economist’s Pub Quiz on Monday, October 17, at Brooklyn Winery in Williamsburg. The night is free and will be hosted by Lane Greene, the magazine’s Business Correspondent and language blogger.

To register, send an email to nypubquiz[at]economist[dot]com. We’re probably going to attend even though our trivia knowledge typically leans more Sports Illustrated than Economist, so maybe we’ll see you there. In the meantime, we’re making some flash cards. Yes, we take trivia that seriously.

The Economist Launches Sports Blog

The Economist isn’t the first place we go for sports analysis, but maybe, if its new sports blog Game Theory proves worthwhile, it’ll break into the top 10. Tom Standage, Digital Editor of the magazine, said that there is a natural space for the subject within the Economist’s realm.

“Sports are often discussed in The Economist’s offices, just as they are in other workplaces,” said Standage. “This new blog lets our journalists share their passion for sports more widely and extends our distinctive analytical approach into a new field.”

Standage might be on to something. While ESPN, Yahoo Sports, Sports Illustrated and The Daily News offer plenty of updates on how bad the Giants are and how Isiah Thomas is going to ruin the Knicks no matter what we do to try and stop — sorry, we got carried away. Where were we? Oh, right — there is definitely room out there for an Economist view of sports. Game Theory has much more than a puncher’s chance at being successful.

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