Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Christian Science Monitor: thrown to the Internet lions; and R.I.P., imagineLouisiana magazine

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The Grim Reaper of Newsprint claims its biggest victim yet -- The Christian Science Monitor:

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.

First published in 1908, the CSM has been buffeted, like most American newspapers, with drops in both advertising and circulation (though it depended less on advertisements than most newspapers do; it's a nonprofit). The paper is putting the best possible face on things:

The changes at the Monitor will include enhancing the content on CSMonitor.com, starting weekly print and daily e-mail editions, and discontinuing the current daily print format.

This new, multiplatform strategy for the Monitor will "secure and enlarge the Monitor's role in its second century," said Mary Trammell, editor in chief of The Christian Science Publishing Society and a member of the Christian Science Board of Directors.

In other sad news, the New Orleans-based quarterly magazine, imagineLouisiana, is also discontinuing its print edition after a four-year run. Says publisher Arthur Smith in an email:

Facing rising costs, an industry-wide decline in print advertising, and worsening economic conditions ahead, we have reluctantly decided to discontinue publication of imagineLouisiana magazine in print.

Our Web site will remain up indefinitely as a service to our advertisers and nonprofit publishing partners, and as a resource to visitors worldwide who enjoy our unique focus on “Louisiana at our best!” In fact, we will be adding content from past issues. So we hope you’ll check in from time to time at www.imaginelouisiana.com.

Best of luck to Arthur and the other folks at imagineLouisiana.

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