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Christian Science Monitor to go online only

After a century of publication, the Christian Science Monitor announced Tuesday it will go online only and no longer produce a print edition.

The paper is currently published Monday through Friday, and will move to online only in April, although it will also introduce a weekend magazine. John Yemma, The Monitor’s editor, told the New York Times that moving to a Web focus will mean it can keep its eight foreign bureaus open.

The Christian Science Monitor recognizes that daily print has become too costly and energy-intensive," Editor John Yemma told the Chicago Tribune. "Online journalism is more timely and is rapidly expanding its reach, especially among younger readers. … Our shift … is likely to be watched by others in the news industry as they contemplate similar moves."

The announcement came during the same week of several announcements by newspapers and magazines planning to make significant cuts in jobs, including the Gannett Company.

Lou Ureneck, the chairman of the journalism department at Boston University, told the New York Times that it was difficult to interpret what the move meant for other newspapers, because The Monitor was nonprofit and most newspapers were not. But across the industry, news organizations “are going to simply have to be smaller organizations,? Mr. Ureneck told the New York Times.

Ken Doctor, a newspaper analyst at Outsell Inc., told the New York Times most newspapers cannot give up paper. Print editions still bring in 92 percent of the overall revenue, according to the Newspaper Association of America.

“If that much revenue is tied up in the print product, if tomorrow these companies dropped those editions, they would have 90 percent less revenue,? Mr. Doctor told the New York Times. While getting rid of costs like printing plants and delivery trucks would help a little, he said, it would not make up for the lost revenue.

The Monitor's decision will be closely watched by media organizations.