The Christian Science Monitor: Its History, Mission and People - A New Book

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The gripping and inspiring story of a 100-year-old news organization for which overcoming the odds for survival was only the beginning. With insight, compassion and a remarkable skill for storytelling, Keith S. Collins has created a compelling portrait of what has become one of America’s pre-eminent news operations.

It explores what makes the Monitor unique, what makes it frustrating at times, and why, in the end, the Monitor is needed in the world of journalism.

For more than a century, The Christian Science Monitor has represented a different kind of journalism: one that not only informs but also encourages, comforts and even inspires. From its founding in 1908 by Mary Baker Eddy, through seven Pulitzer Prizes and two near collapses, to its conversion to a Web-based daily in 2009, the Monitor has been both highly praised and disdainfully dismissed.

Incorporating extensive research and interviews with current and former Monitor journalists, Monitor executives and church officials, The Christian Science Monitor: Its History, Mission, and People illuminates not just how the paper operates but how its people think. It explores what makes the Monitor unique, what makes it frustrating at times, and why, in the end, the Monitor is needed in the world of journalism.

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