Web Journalism Is Alive and Well in the Christian Science Monitor

Where is journalism headed and is there life for it online? There seems to be an answer.

The Christian Science Monitor marks its third anniversary of “Web-first journalism” with a statement of steady growth and progress. John Yemma, editor, said May 1 on his blog that growth is five-fold since the shift to the Web and that ad revenue is growing, the fiscal year that just ended being the best since 1963. This is all good news for online journalism, which is still trying to sort itself out after print’s near-death experience.

There are lots of models for journalism attempting to move from the dying print world to online: The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Orlando Sentinel, the Los Angeles Times, just to name a few of the top titles. Papers and magazines both large and small have made the move, some successfully and some still struggling. The prognosis is still murky.

Editors and their staffs battle to make the transition to the Web as well. Roles, functions, and processes have morphed to fit the new model. From it, the rising new profession of the web editor has emerged.

The success of the Christian Science Monitor and the growth of jobs for web editors bring new hope to a troubled industry. What is your experience? Do you see continued growth and are you hopeful for the future?


2 thoughts on “Web Journalism Is Alive and Well in the Christian Science Monitor

  1. Is the print world dying ? Some bits are (newspapers) but many magazines are selling better than ever. Perhaps it depends on the currency of the information – news is tough as you need to add value for print thanks to the number of free services. It’s also the most expensive to produce if done properly. Sadly, people prefer to read cheap rubbish than proper, but paid for, journalism.

    In the hobby world though, the readers will buy electronic editions but for those selling via supermarkets, the readership is often rising despite the proponderance of free stuff on the web.

    • As usual, great comments, Phil. Thanks for posting.
      While there are anomalies in the magazine business, print demand is down and the trend is to move online. As you point out, people like the cheap stuff, and they want their online information free, forgetting that someone has to pay writers, photographers, designers, and others. It’s good to see that there are companies like the Christian Science Monitor and a few others that are making it.

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