THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR - 100 YEAR CELEBRATION
Readers of the British press may not be familiar with The Christian Science Monitor, which this year celebrates its 100 years of publication.
Founded at a time when the American popular press reached a new low in ethical standards, it has achieved, with its very moderate circulation, a place in the field of journalism which holds the respect of many high-powered newspapers and political figures.
It’s founder, Mary Baker Eddy, was in her 88th year when she instructed the Board of Directors of her young church to produce a daily newspaper in which, according to the words of the first editor, Archibald McLellan, “all the news of the day that should be printed will find a place, and whose service will not be restricted to any one locality, but will cover the daily activities of the entire world.” It’s mission will be “to publish news in a clean wholesome manner, devoid of the sensational methods employed by so many newspapers. “
The Monitor has in a remarkable way upheld these standards over its first hundred years. It has received 7 Pulitzer awards over the years for outstanding journalism, and today, having already faced the circulation decline which is now overtaking many newspapers, it has adjusted to the new world of website publication. In this year’s August 26th publication of the Boston Globe, a major American paper, columnist Alex Beam writes “What will the newspaper of the future look like? Maybe it will look like The Christian Science Monitor .”
The slender 20 page newspaper has few ads but as Mr Beans writes, “The paper continues to invest in foreign coverage. At a time when most media outlets are closing overseas bureaus, the Monitor still maintains eight foreign correspondents and a healthy network of contributors. The paper did a fine job in covering the war in Georgia, for instance.” “That’s a natural Monitor story” , says editor John Yemma. “We have reporters in place, and we can help the reader understand what it’s all about . The Monitor aims “to injure no man, but to bless all mankind.” “Monitor news is different”, Yemma explains. “It’s humane, and its committed. We are a newspaper of hope.”
Csmonitor.com will bring the daily newspaper to the computer screen, or the weekly edition of the newspaper can be read or purchased at the Christian Science Reading Room in Cross Street.