Meet the new Monitor Daily


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We’re pleased to announce the arrival of a new digital offering – The Christian Science Monitor Daily. The experience is a crisply redesigned, ad-free presentation of five Monitor stories, plus an editorial and a religious article, delivered by email and on CSMonitor.com to paying subscribers. 

This renewed approach is part of an effort to amplify and clarify how we deliver on the Monitor’s mission – and to better serve readers who care deeply about the Monitor’s role in their lives and the world.

To achieve this, we will do 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, our readers. 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.

“Just because journalism isn’t doing all this doesn’t mean it can’t. Journalism can be a force for good – for inspiration and progress. But only if we make it so. And only if all of us stand together,” says Mark Sappenfield, the Monitor’s editor.

FAQs

What is the Monitor Daily?

The Monitor Daily is a subscription digital product arriving in your inbox every weekday and available on CSMonitor.com.

The experience will be an ad-free, crisply redesigned presentation of five Monitor stories, plus an editorial and a religious article. The package will include text, video, and graphics. It will give you the choice of a five-minute read on your smartphone or a 50-minute deep dive in your armchair.

Commentary from editors will provide important background and context to help show why each story really matters. An audio overview will make listening to your news a daily option.

It arrives in your inbox every weekday around 6 p.m. Eastern time. The same experience is available on CSMonitor.com, exclusively to Monitor Daily subscribers.

The Monitor Daily replaces the Daily News Briefing, the Monitor’s prior daily subscription offering, and is complemented by the Monitor’s weekly print edition.

(Download a PDF user guide to the new Monitor Daily)

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Why is the Monitor doing this?

We – and you – know news is essential. It’s the fuel for a thriving democracy. It protects our rights and our values, it takes us to people and to places we’ve never seen.

But what happens if the news becomes something else, if it becomes just a place to vent? What if it doesn’t value our differences but instead plays on them to divide us even more? What happens when news ignores the best of us only to dwell on the worst?

The Monitor believes that journalism doesn’t have to be this way. So we’ve rededicated ourselves to amplifying and clarifying how we deliver on the Monitor’s mission – to better serve readers who care deeply about being a part of the solution.

In that spirit, we’re committed to the following three things:

We will challenge you. 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.

Journalism can be a force for good – for inspiration and progress. But only if we all make it so.

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Can I try it out?

Yes! You can sign up for a 30-day free trial here.

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How much does it cost? What if I already subscribe to the weekly Monitor magazine or another periodical from the Christian Science Publishing Society?

The Monitor Daily costs $11 per month or $110 a year.

That rate is reduced to $9 per month or $90 a year if you’re already a subscriber to one of our publications. You will be contacted directly to access this special rate.

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It says the Monitor Daily is an ad-free experience. Does this mean there are no advertisements in the Monitor?

There are no advertisements in the Monitor Daily, either in your email or on the Monitor Daily section of the site.

However, our stories will still be available for free on CSMonitor.com – and those stories will have advertisements.

If you’d like an ad-free experience with the Monitor, we highly encourage you to subscribe to the Monitor Daily.

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Is the Monitor Daily included in a subscription to JSH-Online?

No. You will need a separate subscription to the Monitor Daily.

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Will the daily offering be downloadable?

At this time, the product is not directly downloadable or converted into a PDF.

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What does this mean for the weekly magazine?

Practically speaking, this does not mean any changes to the weekly magazine.

More broadly, think of the weekly magazine as the weekend edition of the Monitor Daily. The magazine brings you the Monitor’s trademark intelligence and empathy, deep reporting, and beautiful photography. We at the Monitor see the two offerings as part of an overall Monitor news experience that helps bring clarity to your thinking and inspiration to your heart.

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I don’t like getting my news at night. Can I get the Monitor Daily delivered to my inbox in the morning?

Not yet, but that is a feature that we’re working on. In the meantime, you may want to create a folder, so that you can set the Monitor Daily email aside and read it in the morning.

What is an email folder?
It’s a way to sort your emails into your own customized categories that make it easy to find emails with similar themes. For example: the Monitor Daily.

How can I create one?
Every email service provider is different, but it’s usually relatively easy to create a folder to sort emails.

As an example of how to build a folder in Gmail, specifically, follow this link.

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I want to help the Monitor. What should I do?

The contract between the Monitor and its readers is precious. The founder of the Monitor, Mary Baker Eddy, wanted her paper to be used by readers to heal and uplift the world through their daily work. We can't be a made-to-order paper for thousands of readers from Maine to Melbourne, but we can be a place where they feel welcomed. Because only when you feel welcomed and respected can you be challenged – and challenge others – to improve ourselves and the world.

With that in mind, we are committed to answering your questions and concerns, and listening to your ideas. We can’t do this without you, and we hope you’ll find we’re indispensable to your vital work.

Send us your feedback on the Monitor Daily – what do you like? What don’t you like? What would you like us to do next?

We are eager to hear your ideas. We are in the beginning of an exciting journey – and your help will aid us in steering Monitor journalism in the years to come.

Second, share the Monitor with those close to you via social media or email. The more readers we have joining the cause of rethinking the news, the faster we’ll learn, and the better we’ll be able to serve all of our readers.

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I want to give a gift subscription to the Monitor Daily.

We're really grateful for your desire to help spread the word. We're still building the tools to enable you to give subscriptions to the Monitor Daily, and expect to be able to offer that option in summer 2017. Please check back then.

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Will the Monitor continue to be on social media? 

Yes. You will continue to see Monitor stories on your favorite social media platforms.

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

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I read a free newsletter from the Monitor – will that continue? 

Yes, however, we will be reducing our free newsletters from approximately 14 to seven and all will be published on a weekly basis. To sign up for newsletters, please click here.

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Can you forward the Daily? 

Yes – and we encourage you to do so. Please share it with your friends and family that you think would enjoy reading it and encourage them to subscribe, too. We also encourage you to share this content – either the whole package or individual pieces, on Facebook or Twitter in addition to email.

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This sounds nice – but what’s the agenda here? How do you think about bias in the news?

We think the more important question for a news organization is not whether or not you have bias, but how do we think about going beyond our biases?

We believe that what matters most about the news is not politics or partisanship, but the values that underlie the events that happen every day.

Each day, everyone is trying to wake up and make the world better. If a newspaper leans left or right, the crime is not against Republicans or Democrats, the crime is that we're telling only half the story about people and their lives. Balance is important, not so we can score well on a partisan scorecard, but because otherwise we get an incomplete view of humanity and of ideas for solutions.

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How can I make changes to my account? 

If you're not already logged in to Monitor Daily, you can find a link to the account management page by clicking "Log in" on the top right of csmonitor.com and from there by clicking "Manage Account" at the Monitor Daily Login page.

If you have logged in to Monitor Daily, click the gear at the top right and choose "Manage my account" in the drop down window.

You can also make changes by contacting customer service at csmonitorcustserv@cdsfulfillment.com or by calling 1-800-456-2220.  

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What has changed on CSMonitor.com?

The CSMonitor.com homepage is now focused on Monitor Daily and explaining the Monitor's distinctive journalistic approach.

While Monitor stories, individually, remain free and accessible, the Monitor Daily is a premium, paid product that can only be viewed on a limited basis before a subscription must be purchased for further access. Those looking to find full site navigation can do so from the navigation bar at the top of this page.

Readers looking to find the full array of Monitor articles should consider subscribing to Monitor Daily and following the Monitor on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Several free weekly email newsletters are also available.

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