Next week, The Christian Science Monitor will launch a substantially redesigned International Edition tailored to more effectively meet the needs of our readers outside the United States.
The new international edition is part of a continuing effort by the Monitor to serve readers worldwide in recognition of the call from its founder, Mary Baker Eddy, for the paper to "bless all mankind."
The Monitor has a long history of international service, with nearly a century of foreign coverage from bureaus around the world. The first International Edition was launched in November 1910 on the second anniversary of the paper's founding. This daily edition went by ship and then was distributed by mail. So it reached readers many weeks after publication.
Since April 1975, the Monitor has served international readers with a weekly edition that is printed in the US and air-shipped overseas.
For the past four years, our non-US readers also could view the entire daily paper online at the Monitor's Web site, www.csmonitor.com.
The improved International Edition coming next week will be called: MonitorWorld - The Weekly International Edition of The Christian Science Monitor. The first issue will carry a cover date of Nov. 20-26, the anniversary week of the paper's founding.
The name signals that the contents are edited specifically for an international audience. The new edition will be overseen by Ruth J. Wales, one of the paper's most talented and experienced editors. It will be available only to subscribers outside the United States.
MonitorWorld will be printed in the US and flown to London for most of its distribution. For readers in Canada, copies will be trucked to Toronto for delivery by post.
The new edition will have 20 pages, including six pages of the best news stories from the previous week's issues of the Monitor. Stories will be selected from a range of US and non-US topics. This will offer readers a better picture of global events than the current International Edition, which included news in only one domestic edition (Wednesday's).
The new edition will include a two-page editorial and opinion section. It will also include a two-page Home Forum section containing an article on Christian Science.
MonitorWorld will also have a pullout feature section based on the Ideas section in Thursday's domestic paper. This special section covers such universal topics as science, the environment, ethics, religion, cultural trends, books, computers, and technology. This replaces the Homefront section, which appears on Wednesdays and is more attuned to an American audience.
The cover date of the new edition will run from Monday through Sunday, a slight change from the dating of the previous International Edition. The new dating more accurately reflects when subscribers will receive and read the international weekly.
We hope subscribers will enjoy MonitorWorld.
Our goal is to provide international readers with a world-class publication providing the context, understanding, and clarity that flow from the Monitor's unselfish journalistic mission.
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