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Christian Science Monitor to Publish Online Only

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by YankeeFan, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    October 29, 2008
    Christian Science Monitor to Publish Online Only

    After a century of continuous publication, The Christian Science Monitor will abandon its weekday print edition and appear online only, its publisher announced Tuesday. The cost-cutting measure makes The Monitor the first national newspaper to essentially give up on print.

    The paper is currently published Monday through Friday, and will move to online only in April, although it will also introduce a Sunday magazine. John Yemma, The Monitor’s editor, said that moving to the Web only will mean it can keep its eight foreign bureaus open while still lowering costs.

    “We have the luxury — the opportunity — of making a leap that most newspapers will have to make in the next five years,” Mr. Yemma said.

    The Monitor is an anachronism in journalism, a nonprofit financed by a church and delivered through the mail. But with seven Pulitzer Prizes and a reputation for thoughtful writing and strong international coverage, it long maintained an outsize influence in the publishing world, which declined as its circulation has slipped to 52,000, from a high of more than 220,000 in 1970.

    In an industry that has been conducting layoffs, closing bureaus and shrinking the size of the product, The Monitor’s experiment will be tracked very closely.

    “Everybody’s talking about new models,” Mr. Yemma said. “This is a new model.”

  2. derwood

    derwood Active Member


  3. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Is this the Hiroshima moment?
  4. STLIrish

    STLIrish Active Member

    How so? In a "dawn of a new age" way? Or a "hundreds of thousands dead" way?
    Personally, I think this is a great move for the Monitor, which is an excellent newspaper hamstrung by a tiny, but national, circulation base. The trick, of course, is going to be keeping their name out there in an online-only format, and, of course, revenue. But they're better insulated from revenue demands than most, and could become an alternative source for smart journalism, a little like the Guardian has.
    Is this sort of move appropriate for the rest of us at local papers, though? Who knows.
  5. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Maybe they'll turn their reading rooms into reading chat rooms.
  6. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Is this going to be more of the Treeless Edition the CSM currently offers at $8/month?
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