US daily abandons print edition

American specialist newspaper Christian Science Monitor will cease its daily print edition next year, it announced on its website.

The publication will move to an almost exclusively web-based model, supplemented by weekly print and daily email editions.

The 100-year-old newspaper revealed its circulation had been declining for 40 years, and that the move would involve a “modest reduction” in staff numbers.

The LA Times reported that the change in model could be particularly risky for the seven-times Pulitzer Prize winner due to its primarily subscription-driven revenue. Advertising income, which formed only $US800,000 of the paper’s annual $US12.5m revenue, would have to be more heavily relied on according to the Times.

The Times said the new publishing cycle could suit the Monitor, which had not been able to get its print product to many of its subscribers until two days after printing. However it was “uncertain” as to whether the Monitor would maintain its traditionally more analytical journalism style with the new instant delivery platform, the Times said.

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