Monitor first of many going online only

The Christian Science Monitor will publish in online form only from next year. This move by a formerly print-and-online paper is the first of many. To date newspapers have cut costs by cutting into salaries of people. But the other two big costs are printing (presses and paper) and distribution (trucks and/or satellites). These other two are not likely to become cheaper. If anything they will get more expensive. So to produce the paper only online removes those other costs. That’s why I think the Monitor will be the first of many. Let’s hope the paper’s executives choose to put those cost savings back into editorial, because quality content will be what sells the paper, regardless of the delivery medium.

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