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1 Going Web-first at The Christian Science Monitor A new approach for a new century

2 Who we are, what we do  Unbiased, compassionate journalism. We find problem- solvers, leaders, people making a difference.  We expose injustice, corruption, wrongdoing. We’ve uncovered war crimes, human-rights abuse, environmental degradation, business malfeasance.  Non-profit news organization based in Boston with 8 overseas bureaus, 8 domestic bureaus, 8-person Washington staff  Strengths: Foreign policy, politics/governance, economics, environment, innnovation, money/values, culture  Seven Pulitzer prizes in 100 years  Human dimension to news: “The Economist with a heart.”  Unbiased, compassionate journalism. We find problem- solvers, leaders, people making a difference.  We expose injustice, corruption, wrongdoing. We’ve uncovered war crimes, human-rights abuse, environmental degradation, business malfeasance.  Non-profit news organization based in Boston with 8 overseas bureaus, 8 domestic bureaus, 8-person Washington staff  Strengths: Foreign policy, politics/governance, economics, environment, innnovation, money/values, culture  Seven Pulitzer prizes in 100 years  Human dimension to news: “The Economist with a heart.”

3 Our five-year plan  Now: 5-day print, lightly updated Web  By April: 1-day print, heavily updated Web  Between : Grow page views 5x, break even on print, manage down costs  Goal: Financial sustainability  Now: 5-day print, lightly updated Web  By April: 1-day print, heavily updated Web  Between : Grow page views 5x, break even on print, manage down costs  Goal: Financial sustainability

4 One news organization, three editions CSMonitor.com: 24/7 website Daily news briefing: CSM Weekly: print CSMonitor.com: 24/7 website Daily news briefing: CSM Weekly: print

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8 Newsroom operation  Core weekly production crew  Core Web production crew  Common editorial pool (assignment desks, reporters, photographers, graphic artists) feeding both  New CMS, new workflow developed  Core weekly production crew  Core Web production crew  Common editorial pool (assignment desks, reporters, photographers, graphic artists) feeding both  New CMS, new workflow developed

9 How we are organized

10 2009 and beyond: the “known unknowns”  Worst recession since 1930s  End of Internet growth era  The “news is free” mentality  Death spiral: losses > cuts > losses > cuts >  Worst recession since 1930s  End of Internet growth era  The “news is free” mentality  Death spiral: losses > cuts > losses > cuts >


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