I need some help on the topic of title case following the Economist Style Guide. Does the possessive pronoun "its" get a capital in Economist style title case or not. There was a recent headline "Israel Protects Its Offshore Gas Fields" and the discussion was whether "its" should be lower case because it's short and not a principal word, or with a capital because it's a possessive pronoun. Any insights?
I took a look at the Economist style guide capitals section here and found no mention of "its."
A search of the Economist website turned up articles with the following titles (bold for emphasis):
So although the style guide doesn't specifically address the possessive pronoun "its," they consistently leave it lower-case.
As far as I can tell, no. Use normal sentence case, where you capitalize the first word of a headline only. The exceptions are proper nouns, or other capitalized words listed in the style guide's section on capitals.
The guide doesn't address words like "its"; The Economist has little patience with this sort of minutiae. However, as has been pointed out in this answer, The Economist uses sentence case for their headlines and taglines. Reading some recent examples, I found the following:
It's worth reading the following:
From The Economist Style Guide, Tenth Edition: