Christian Science Monitor Will End Daily Print Edition

Paper moves to web-first edition, will publish weekly magazine
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2008 4:40 PM CDT
The masthead on the front page of The Christian Science Monitor is seen in Boston Monday, Oct. 27, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Christian Science Monitor will discontinue its daily print edition in April as it shifts to the Internet. The paper, which turns 100 next month, will print a weekly edition instead. The Monitor has seen its circulation decline to 52,000 from 160,000 20 years ago, and while it is subsidized by the Christian Science church, the financial losses have become too much to bear, notes Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post.

The paper will keep its "strong" editorial team of 95 staffers and eight foreign bureaus, says Kurtz. The website currently draws 1.5 million unique visitors a month but will likely have to improve, says editor John Yemma. "There's no magic bullet. You just have to do high-quality journalism and post constantly."