Discussion of the Week

So, it was only a matter of time.

“The Christian Science Monitor said Tuesday it will become the first national newspaper to drop its daily print edition and focus on publishing online, succumbing to the financial pressure squeezing its industry harder than ever.”

Read the full story here and weigh in with your thoughts on the comments board.

Steve

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4 Responses to Discussion of the Week

  1. dave says:

    I think this is a great step forward for convergence journalism. If the CSM can thrive online, there will be an increase in jobs and demand for internet-savvy reporters (a good thing for those in school now). This is truly the future of journalism — moving away from printing a daily newspaper to concentrating on breaking updates and more in-depth pieces. By freeing up the money spent on printing, publications like the CSM can allocate money to hire more reporters, have the most up-to-date equipment and have more foreign correspondence (something they don’t usually lack but other newspapers do).

    – Dave

  2. cgreener says:

    I am not surprised by the recent steps taken by The Christian Science Monitor to save costs. I expect that other major publications will follow a similar path and cut down or even eliminate their print editions. We are in the digital age where many Americans have computers and all Americans have access to computers at the local library. With the online edition of a newspaper being far superior in many regards including accessibility, ease of navigation, and the multimedia component it is not unexpected that it is many peoples preferred method for receiving their news. Honestly, I am surprised that so many newspapers continue to have a daily print edition. I look forward to the evolution of the online edition of The Christian Science Monitor because now that they aren’t thinking in the print mindset there will be more possibilities for improving their multimedia reporting.

  3. Kevin Clerkin says:

    With the CSM dropping its daily print and becoming strictly an online newspaper, they will now be able to focus all their energy and resources into the convergence world. As we have seen, online journalism and multimedia projects have become the print of the 20th century. Readers want the breaking news and up to date news pieces at their fingertips, not through a newspaper every morning. The online publication will also enable readers to view what pieces they want to read, and when they want to do it. The move by the CSM could foreshadow a major cut in print publications by other news sources, and I will not be surprised to see them follow the lead of the CSM shortly.

  4. Eric says:

    I think we have all been expecting someone to do this and it finally happened. With print being pushed into the category of old media, the internet just offers too much to not take advantage of it. Although this is a sad day for journalists and an end to an era, we must continue to change with the field and prepare for multimedia convergence. It is a step that many other companies will soon follow, and it just puts pressure on us to be able to adapt and exist within these new mediums.

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