The Economist creates a new revenue stream with online courses – Journalism.co.uk

0
7

As the world got used to e-learning, the business news publisher spotted an opportunity for a new product aimed at time-poor, mid-career readers
The Economist is tapping into the online education market to bolster its revenue, editorial and reader engagement strategy.

A new programme, Economist Education, launches tomorrow (26 May 2021) starting off with a six-week online course titled “The New Global Order: How politics, business and technology are changing“.

Around twenty senior Economist journalists have been working over the last few months to design the course material from scratch, in partnership with course provider GetSmarter.

The journalists are familiar with the topics from their daily beats. The pilot course will focus on US-China relations, trade and tech, with guest speakers including Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, and Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google. The curriculum is split up into six weekly modules.

The programme is aimed at mid-career professionals in business, non-profit or government sectors who are looking to boost their career prospects, gain promotion, change jobs, retrain, or get new knowledge and skills.
“We have long known that our journalism has value in the classroom,” says The Economist's president, Bob Cohn in an email to Journalism.co.uk.

“Our articles show up on syllabi, and our writers and editors are frequent speakers at universities. But this new path became obvious to us as both industries, media and education, went digital.”

The online education world has become a necessity rather than a luxury during the pandemic. At the same time, the publication's journalism is increasingly multimedia and available on a range of digital devices.

“Re-imagining our core work for digital students suddenly seemed like an opportunity we couldn't pass up,” adds Cohn.

“As the world increasingly connects, works and learns online, we think the demand for executive courses online will increase, particularly among time-poor executives and leaders who may not be able to dedicate time – or out of office days – to in-person learning.”

With its 1.5m subscribers and 50m social followers, The Economist has a large pool of prospective students. Subscribers could initially take advantage of a 15 per cent early-bird discount, whilst non-subscribers had a lower offer at 10 per cent. Non-subscribers also receive a free three-month subscription to The Economist as a thank you for forking out nearly £1,500 for the course.

“An education product was a natural extension of our services. The aim with Economist Education is to bring greater value to our existing subscribers and readers and expand our audience,” Cohn explains.

Anyone who completes the course receives a completion certificate, and this “Economist micro-credential” can be placed on a CV and/or LinkedIn profile. Outstanding participants may be awarded certificates with distinction.

The Economist plans to re-run the event throughout the year for new students, and a second Economist Education course on writing for business is planned for autumn 2021.

“The global education market is growing, including executive education. There is a clear commercial opportunity and we believe The Economist is well-positioned to play in this space,” concludes Cohn.

Join us this week for our digital journalism conference Newsrewired on 27 May 2021 – don't miss out, book your place today
If you like our news and feature articles, you can sign up to receive our free daily (Mon-Fri) email newsletter (mobile friendly).
Sign up to receive job alerts of your choice by email, or manage your subscription
Learn how to keep the wolf from your door
A-Z lists of online style tips and terms
Featured recruiter: click to view its vacancies
Independent fact checking organisation is recruiting a health policy fact checker to be part of a brand-new team tackling health misinformation
Subscribe to our newsletter for latest news, tips, jobs and more
Virtual trial reveals Enterosgel®, an intestinal adsorbent, is a safe effective treatment for the main symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhoea (IBS-D)
Read coverage of our event in London 24 May 2022
End that deadline stress today and find help in our freelance directory
Circle these dates in your diary to boost personal productivity, plan your editorial coverage or just for some office fun
Understand the latest trends facing the news sector, social media and more – perfect for journalists, speakers and students alike
Burst your national news bubble and seek out international news reported by people with local expertise, contacts and understanding
We have your podcast fix right here: stay on top of the latest media world updates and get tips to improve your day-to-day work

source