Updated: May 3, 2018
The Economist was established in 1843 by James Wilson, a hatmaker from the small Scottish town of Hawick, to campaign against the protectionist Corn Laws. The tariffs were repealed in 1846 but the newspaper lived on as “a political, literary, and general newspaper”, never abandoning its belief in free trade, internationalism and minimum interference by government, especially in the affairs of the market. (It did, however, abandon the Oxford comma.)
In recent decades the paper has added sections devoted to Europe, Asia, Latin America, China, and science and technology. It has also expanded coverage of books, arts and culture, and introduced columns on financial markets (Buttonwood), business (Schumpeter), Asian politics (Banyan) and Latin America (Bello).
The Economist has also been active in its pursuit of new readers on digital platforms. The newspaper started publishing online in 1996, and has more recently launched a daily news app (Espresso), a bilingual English-Chinese product (Global Business Review) and a virtual-reality app (Economist VR). Economist Radio produces several podcasts a week, and Economist Films produces short- and long-form video. The social-media department maintains widely followed accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, LINE, Medium and other social networks.
You can find more information on The Economics's website.