Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Early to Rise, Early to Bed

Longtime national newspaper The Christian Science Monitor is apparently discontinuing their print edition after a century of ink-and-paper production. Their current FAQ does not discuss this development, although it does discuss the importance of the different forms of the electronic version of the periodical:

The Christian Science Monitor is an international daily newspaper published Monday through Friday. Founded in 1908 by Mary Baker Eddy, it's now also a multimedia website, an e-mail edition, a personal digital assistant (PDA) edition, and a downloadable PDF of the print version.

Despite the fact that they are hosting events on "The Future of Journalism" as part of its centennial, the website is still soliciting traditional subscribers for thirty-two weeks of its physical newspaper, although the New York Times asserts that the daily paper will be discontinued.

As for the New York Times, it is stepping up its quest for user-generated content, most recently by encouraging readers to submit photographs of polling places to a collective online album.

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