Posted by Brad @ 5:32 pm on October 28th 2008

The Christian Science Monitor Goes 2.0

The CSM, which is a phenomenal newspaper, is now the first major newspaper in America to cease daily print, and instead turn into a print weekly, with the bulk of their daily operations moved online.

The Christian Science Monitor, which turns 100 years old this year, is announcing on Tuesday, Oct. 28, that it will cease daily publication next April. The newspaper will shift to a weekly print format while increasing its emphasis on its Web site, says its editor, John Yemma.

In doing so, the Monitor will become by far the most prominent newspaper to scale back its print edition substantially.

Huge news. These are interesting days for media and journalism watchers. Everybody seems to agree that “the news” as we know it (and have known it, for the 400 years newspapers have been around) is over; nobody seems quite sure what new form its historic function will take. Exciting times.

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  1. Yemma pins many hopes for future success on the Monitor’s Web site. “If we can quintuple page views” and end up around 25 million a month, “even on a low [advertising rate] model, we can cover our costs.” It’s unclear, though, how the Monitor would go about doing that.

    Their strategy to break even is to increase their web traffic five fold ? That seems a just a tad optimistic.

    Comment by Cameron — 10/28/2008 @ 6:30 pm

  2. The problem here is, if their server gets a virus, they have to wait for God to fix it.

    Comment by Rojas — 10/28/2008 @ 11:51 pm

  3. Rojas, I have no idea why I once thought Brad was wittier than you. You’ve provided more laughs this cycle than anyone. Weirdly, no one else I show your stuff to thinks you are very funny. I’m convinced they’re idiots.

    Comment by Mortexai — 10/29/2008 @ 3:46 am

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