New Trend? Christian Science Monitor Goes Web-First

The Christian Science Monitor, one of the most balanced newspapers in the country, announced today that it was ceasing its daily publication and switching to a Web-first policy while still publishing a weekly print edition.

Many observers see the move as a harbinger of the future for most if not all daily newspapers, which have lost ad revenue to the Internet and are being forced to downsize and cut back operations.

"Judging by the decreasing circulation and revenue numbers, it seems like (the Monitor) didn’t have an option here," said to Michael Hanley, an assistant professor of journalism at Ball State University.

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