What is The Christian Science Monitor?
The Christian Science Monitor is an independent international news organization.
We want to help you to see news events as starting points for constructive conversations. We seek to cut through the froth of the political spin cycle to underlying truths and values. We want to be so focused on progress that together we can provide a credible and constructive counter-narrative to the hopelessness-, anger-, and fear-inducing brand of discourse that is so pervasive in the news.
We’re committed to the following three things:
- We will challenge conventional thinking. As forces from politics to social media try to break us into competing tribes—political, racial, or economic – together we’ll rethink the question “Who is my neighbor?”
- We will listen to you. We need you to hold us accountable – to keep us honest and grounded. To inspire us with what inspires you. Together, we can build a community of people who ask more from news.
- We will change how you see news. News must be accurate and trustworthy, but facts alone can miss the whole story—the story of us. We are much better than much of today’s news portrays us to be. We will have the courage to look into both the best and the worst in us – and not to blame, but to demand better.
The Monitor's global approach is reflected in how founder Mary Baker Eddy described its object as "To injure no man, but to bless all mankind." Our aim is to embrace the human family, shedding light with the conviction that understanding the world's problems and possibilities moves us toward solutions.
This approach has served our readers and story subjects well over the years, winning us seven Pulitzer Prizes and more than a dozen Overseas Press Club awards.
We are an independent voice, devoid of the corporate allegiances and pressures that critics say too often skew today's media. We seek to give our readers the information they need to come to their own constructive conclusions. Since 1908, we have been published as a public service by The First Church of Christ, Scientist. For more information, see our FAQ section below.
1. Is The Christian Science Monitor a religious newspaper?
No. When first published in 1908, the Monitor was described by its editor-in-chief as journalism “to appeal to good men and women everywhere who are interested in the betterment of all human conditions and the moral and spiritual advancement of the race.” For more than a century, our aim has been to cover the news of the day with honesty and integrity. We strive to deliver journalism that chronicles the advancement of humanity, which includes pointing out where progress is still needed and exploring how we can find ways forward. This approach is rooted in Christian Science, a Bible-based religion founded by Mary Baker Eddy in the 19th century.
In addition to our daily news coverage, the Monitor publishes one religious article each weekday in the Christian Science Perspective column. These commentaries offer spiritual insights on contemporary issues, including the news.
2. Why is it called The Christian Science Monitor?
The Monitor aims to be a newspaper welcomed in any home. Its name clearly identifies it as providing journalism based on progress, integrity, impartiality, and unselfish love – all of which are fundamental values of Christian Science. Monitor journalism starts from the premise that good is operating around the world, that progress is possible, and that examining the thoughts and ideas behind events reveals modes of action and offers a deeper understanding of events. The original and ongoing object of the Monitor, as described by its founder, Mary Baker Eddy, is “to injure no man, but to bless all mankind.”
Not all Monitor staff are Christian Scientists, but all are committed to these journalistic goals. Below is a clip of one Monitor reporter, Taylor Luck, talking about how he brings a shared sense of humanity to his reporting on the Middle East. He discusses how the worldview of the Monitor leads to stories of hope and compassion, and how recognizing these qualities is key to how we, as a world, find progress.
3. What is the Monitor's bias?
First and foremost, the Monitor is committed to delivering news that is factual. Our bias is to present the world through a lens that is calm and measured, as well as characterized by honesty, fairness, compassion, respect, and goodness. We dare to see the world differently, but not by ignoring the challenges the world faces. Instead, we report stories that illustrate a path to progress or illuminate the ways of thinking that motivate people to act the way they do, shedding light on possibilities for how to move forward. We neither give in to fear nor incite it, but we strive to provide readers with facts and perspectives they can use to think for themselves and draw their own conclusions.
4. What is the Monitor’s relationship to the Christian Science Church, and how is the Monitor funded?
The Christian Science Monitor is one of five ongoing publications produced by The Christian Science Publishing Society, the publishing activity of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston.
The Monitor is funded by revenue from subscriptions, an endowment fund, donations, gifts, and profits from the Publishing Society. Additional funding to cover operating costs is provided by The First Church of Christ, Scientist. The Monitor also accepts outside grants to support general operations, special projects, and coverage of specific topics of interest to our readers, but without ceding any editorial independence.
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