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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

is a Boston-based online news organization and former newspaper, the first national American newspaper to replace its daily print edition with a web operation.

The Monitor is a nonprofit organization owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist. Though the Monitor has been for most of its history (about $7.5 million annually in total subsidy as of 2014) and publishes a daily religious article, it is .

The Monitor was as an alternative to the yellow journalism of that era. It specializes in in-depth . The Monitor has won . It also was  to put content online, in 1995, and one of the first to , in 2002.

With steadily falling circulation and projected annual losses of $18.9 million, the Monitor it would shift its print edition from a daily to a weekly and operate as a web-based organization. The change was made largely for financial reasons, as the paper’s relatively small circulation and wide distribution area made a daily print edition particularly expensive to produce and deliver. With the move online, the Monitor is working to gradually lessen its reliance on the church’s subsidy.

The Monitor’s editor, John Yemma, would include the addition of shorter, newsier, more blog-like stories, as well as the Monitor’s traditional longer-form stories. Its website remains characterized by original text stories and photography, , although some digressions from that path, such as the of blog posts, multimedia, and traditional reporting, .

, the Monitor’s web traffic grew significantly, and its print circulation rose from 43,000 to 77,000, with 93 percent of its daily subscribers retaining its weekly edition. By 2014, it had about 50,000 subscribers to its weekly print magazine. The Monitor’s advertising revenue about 25% each year from 2011 to 2013.

The newspaper produces a daily PDF e-edition with shortened versions of stories. The edition was  as of March 2010 and about 10,000 subscribers in 2014. It also produced a weekly digital replica of its print edition for $4.99 per month.

The Monitor has . Since 2008, the Monitor foreign bureaus and expenses with the newspaper chain.

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