November 3, 2008

Christian Science Monitor moves exclusively online

by David Masters

After over 100 years of publication as a newspaper, the Christian Science Monitor is to move to an exclusive online format.

This makes it the first national newspaper in the US to give up printing.

A weekly print magazine will compliment the daily news available online.

The newspaper was set up in 1908 by Christian Scientist Mary Baker Eddy to enable Christian Scientists to keep up with developments and as a reaction against partisan journalism.

The Monitor has a good reputation in the US, having won 7 Pulitzer Prizes. It is renowned for its strong coverage of international events, having 8 foreign bureaus.

Editor John Yemma said the online version will enable the newsgroup to cut costs and move beyond the difficult logistics of circulating a daily newspaper.

The newspaper has only made a profit or broken even a small number of times in its 100 year history.

It is expected that 10-15% of the paper’s 95 full time editors will have their jobs axed in the near future.

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