SOURCE: The Christian Science Monitor

September 17, 2008 08:30 ET

The Christian Science Monitor Celebrates 100 Years of Journalism

International Newspaper Celebrates a Century of Achievements and Readies for Future With Launch of Centennial Website and Five "Centennial Conversation" Events

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - September 17, 2008) - The Christian Science Monitor, renowned for its thoughtful, global news coverage, today announces the launch of its centennial celebration, which will honor 100 years of award-winning journalism and engage readers and experts in discussions about the major issues facing the world. The Christian Science Monitor, founded in 1908, was created as an alternative to the parochial, partisan, celebrity-focused newspapers of the day. A century later, the Monitor's mission is as important as ever. It aims to be a constructive, solution-oriented force in journalism.

As part of its year-long centennial celebration, the Monitor will host five interactive Centennial Conversations -- events at which readers, experts, and reporters will tackle the major topics of our times. The first event, titled, "The Future of Journalism," will take place at the Monitor's Boston headquarters and online on November 6. It will feature a panel discussion led by Monitor editor John Yemma. Details for each event will be updated regularly on The Christian Science Monitor Website.

The Monitor also marks its 100th anniversary with the launch of a Centennial Website aimed at both celebrating its history and engaging readers with fresh content. The site enables readers to access many features, including:

-- "Best Loved Stories" - This section includes articles selected by readers, reporters and editors as the best of a century. Readers can nominate stories by emailing

-- "On This Day" - A section dedicated to the past events that took place on that given day and covered by the Monitor throughout the past 100 years.

-- Comments & Testimonials - The Monitor's readership includes world leaders, politicians, journalists, authors, educators and people from all walks of life. This section highlights the testimonials of some of the Monitor's most influential and recognizable readers, including Nelson Mandela, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.

-- "The Power of One" - Millions of people are making a difference who aren't rich or famous. The Monitor highlights this unheralded community to, as former editor Richard Bergenheim put it, "honor the decency and courage and selflessness that surround us."

"The direction of the newspaper industry is changing rapidly and all media is taking notice," said John Yemma, editor, The Christian Science Monitor. "Our Centennial Website site is not only a great look back at the past one hundred years of socially responsible journalism, but also a sneak peek at what the next one hundred years may look like."

About The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor is renowned for its in-depth, comprehensive, and unbiased coverage of events and issues worldwide. During its 100 year history, the Monitor's adherence to the highest standards of journalism has earned seven Pulitzer Prizes and hundreds of other awards. With 18 bureaus worldwide, the Monitor strives to cover both major news events and stories from every corner of the globe. In 1996, the Monitor launched its award-winning website,, featuring the complete contents of the print edition, video and audio interviews and stories, daily blogs, full electronic archives back to the first issue, and original material written for the site.

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