Christian Science Monitor signs McClatchy
We were rather pleased with ourselves for flagging a quick aside that Christian Science Monitor Editor John Yemma made in our interview with him a few weeks ago about how the weekday newspaper — which is abandoning its daily print edition next year — will look for newspapers interested in publishing its stories.
The idea is that the CSM can make itself some extra money from those newspapers, even as their publishers flail under a rising tide of debt and falling advertising revenue. For McClatchy’s papers, which include the Anchorage Daily News, the Bee newspapers in California and the remnants of the Knight Ridder empire, it means more overseas coverage when most U.S. papers are cutting back.
Here’s the excerpt from Monday’s press release:
The Monitor and McClatchy will make edited stories by Monitor foreign correspondents Mark Sappenfield, based in New Delhi, and Sara Miller Llana, based in Mexico City, and McClatchy foreign correspondents Shashank Bengali, based in Nairobi, Kenya, and Tyler Bridges, based in Caracas, Venezuela, available to one another when they’re ready for publication.
“At a time when America’s economy, national security, environment and even health are bound more closely than ever to the rest of the world, we’re pleased to be able to give McClatchy readers access to some of the world-class foreign reporting for which the Monitor is famous,” said McClatchy Washington Bureau Chief John Walcott, who oversees McClatchy’s seven foreign bureaus.
The partnership is a trial period. After three months, the companies will determine whether they want to keep it going.