1843 (formerly Intelligent Life) is a digital magazine published by The Economist which features longform narrative journalism as well as shorter reads and columns.[1] Named after the year The Economist was founded, 1843 offers a complementary perspective to its sister publication, focusing more on narrative, rather than analysis. Like The Economist, 1843 is based in London and has a global readership. Like the newspaper, the magazine is owned by The Economist Group, a British media holding company.[2][3]


The magazine was launched under the title Intelligent Life in September 2007 as a quarterly publication, having previously been a summer annual and was billed as covering "the arts, style, food, wine, cars, travel and anything else under the sun, as long as it's interesting."[2]

In March 2016, The Economist Group relaunched and rebranded Intelligent Life as 1843 (named for The Economist's founding year).[4]

1843 magazine features contributions from The Economist's journalists, as well as writers and photographers from around the world. It is edited by Rosie Blau.[5] It is seen as akin to The Wall Street Journal's WSJ. and the Financial Times' FT Magazine.[6]

It has won awards for its journalism from the British Society of Magazine Editors,[7] the Association of Illustrators,[8] British Journalism Awards,[9] the Foreign Press Association Media Awards,[10] the Migration Media Awards,[11] Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards[12] and the Travel Media Awards.[13]

In May 2020 it was announced that 1843 would move to a digital-only format.[14]


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  5. ^ Atkins, Olivia (13 March 2019). "The Economist relaunches its lifestyle magazine, 1843". The Drum. Carnyx Group Limited. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  6. ^ Blunden, Nick (November 2015). "Welcome to 1843" (PDF). The Economist Group.
  7. ^ "2019 British Society of Magazine Editors Awards winners announced". www.diarydirectory.com. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  8. ^ "The AOI - Noma Bar". The AOI. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  9. ^ "British Journalism Awards winners 2020". Press Gazette. 9 December 2020. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  10. ^ "FPA MEDIA AWARDS". FPA. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  11. ^ "The Winners of the 2018 Migration Media Award". OPEN Media Hub. 18 September 2018. Archived from the original on 10 January 2020. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  12. ^ "Food & Drink Awards Previous Winners | Fortnum & Mason". www.fortnumandmason.com. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  13. ^ "Travel Media Awards 2019 winners announced". ResponseSource Press Release Wire. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  14. ^ Tobitt, Charlotte (15 May 2020). "Economist Group cuts 90 jobs and stops printing 1843 magazine". The Press Gazette.