The Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit have affected trade and commerce globally, causing the rapid acceleration of large-scale changes to economies, international markets and organisations, says The New Statesman.
Its expanded business coverage, which will focus on companies, finance, sustainability and the world of work, aims to give its readers clarity and understanding on what these changes mean for businesses, their employees and investors.
The business section will also showcase the reporting and editorial analysis from new additional specialist business titles in New Statesman Media Group: Investment Monitor, Energy Monitor, Tech Monitor and City Monitor. These Monitor titles, run by teams of expert journalists and data journalists, feature in-depth interrogations of data, comprehensive surveys, interviews and analysis with leading experts and business leaders, providing insights on the big trends driving cross-border activity, energy and clean technology, urban development and policy and digital transformation, say the publishers.
David Tomchak, Head of Digital of the New Statesman, said: “The new business section reflects the demand our business community has for stories that have a strong appetite for analysis, in-depth reporting with a focus on the decision-makers that drive business. We will explore the big questions on how businesses function, their policies and how they stay relevant. The new reporting will centre on the very best-in-class data journalism for our loyal, intelligent and influential readership. I'm delighted to launch with a range of top exclusives for the New Statesman.”
The new section is edited by the publication's business editor, Will Dunn, who won the Launch of the Year award from the British Society of Magazine Editors for the New Statesman’s policy supplement, Spotlight. Energy Monitor is headed up by Philippa Nuttall Jones, who has over 20 years' experience of reporting on climate change, the clean energy transition, sustainable development and energy policy around the world.
Investment Monitor is led by Courtney Fingar, an expert on foreign direct investment, who spent 15 years at the Financial Times, where she was editor-in-chief of fDi Magazine and a contributing writer for the FT. She has also provided evidence to Parliament on enquires on foreign direct investment in the UK.
City Monitor is edited by Sommer Mathis, who launched what is now Bloomberg ‘CityLab’ and has covered urban policy for the Atlantic, the Guardian and the Washington Post.
Tech Monitor is edited by Pete Swabey, who has joined New Statesman Media Group after seven years at the Economist, where he was an editorial director in the publication’s intelligence unit.
The business section will also draw on the expertise of Glenn Barklie, chief economist of New Statesman Media Group and an expert in foreign direct investment and economic development; and Dominic Ponsford, editor-in-chief of Press Gazette, an authority on the media sector.
Pieces already live on the New Statesman's business section include:
- An exclusive data investigation into every company officer in the UK, which finds that women face a 30-year wait before they are equally represented in company boardrooms.
- A data-led analysis of Chinese takeovers of British companies.
- A regular feature on company architecture by former New York Times columnist Allison Arieff.
- An exploration of the moral and financial complexities of investing in Saudi Arabia.
- A look at why Brexit negotiators should be thinking about theatres, not fishing boats.
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