Christian Science Monitor editor to discuss digital-only move

NEW YORK - The editor-in-chief of the first US daily newspaper to announce it was going digital-only is to take part in a webinar to discuss the transition.

John Yemma of Christian Science Monitor will be talking at the World Editors Forum online discussion tomorrow, Tuesday, at 2pm London time, and there will be an opportunity for virtual attendees to ask questions.

The 100-year-old Christian Science Monitor was the first paper to announce, last October, it was stopping its print edition. In tomorrow's digital seminar Yemma will talk about managing the newsroom through the transition, the paper's new workflow model and content management systems.

The title will still make a loss, however, though the move online is expected to cut the annual losses of $18.9m to $10.5m by 2013.

The new concept is expected to be rolled out across more daily papers in the US as the recession takes hold.

Hearst Corporation's Seattle Post-Intelligencer printed its last hard copy last week and is now online-only, while the company's flagship title, the San Francisco Chronicle, is also under threat.

Last month, Hearst bosses said that paper faced closure after losing $50m a year, despite being the city's main newspaper.

Last year it was speculated that the Independent in the UK could go digital only.

Elsewhere numerous US newspapers are slashing staff, including the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and New Jersey's The Star-Ledger, which is making about 40% of its newsroom staff redundant.

John Yemma's hour-long webinar will take place on Tueday, March 24, from 2pm. Registration and access can be found at www.wanindia2009.com.

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