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3. Pulse

Pulse website
Pulse's site has a magazine-feel to it with picture tiles and lets you choose from three different picture-tile layout options.

Pulse is snazzy. There is no doubt about that. With a few clicks, you can choose what kind of articles you want to read or import your settings from Google Reader and – bam! – all of the stories appear as neat little picture tiles with headlines on a black background.

You can post to LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, or send an article link via e-mail. There are also options to save articles and change the fonts and shading to optimize your reading experience.

For shorter stories – think AP wire updates – you can read directly from the Pulse website, but for longer stories – New Yorker/Daily Beast features – the site spits out a new tab.

Is there an app? Yes. Pulse is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Cost? Free. 

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to

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