“The Christian Science Monitor”: An Evolving Experiment in Journalism
Fuller, Linda K. “The Christian Science Monitor”: An Evolving Experiment in Journalism. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2011.
Fuller was given a complimentary subscription to The Christian Science Monitor in the 1960s by the first female reporter of her town’s newspaper. Fuller is not a Christian Scientist but continued to subscribe to and use The Christian Science Monitor throughout grad school and in her communications career. The author of 20 books and 300 professional publications, Fuller found an ideal research project, especially suited to her having “monitor[ed] the Monitor for half of its 100-year-history” (231). In March 2009, The Christian Science Monitor had just become the first newspaper to support a multiplatform format: csmonitor.com, a 24/7 website; the Daily News Briefing via email; and Christian Science Monitor Weekly, in print. Fuller’s project began in April of that year, and she considers the Monitor story the “culmination of my half century of research” (6) and felt “privileged to tell its recent Web-first story” (231). Her book includes 30 pages of nine detailed appendices, some focused on her year of study, April 2009 to April 2010, and some historical, ranging from the 1908 formation of The Christian Science Monitor to 2011. Fuller’s work contributes substantive support for scholars of 21st-century journalism and the study of the formation of Christian Science in the closing years of Eddy’s life when she established The Christian Science Monitor.