Newspapers: Change at the Monitor

Just about every time some journalistic handicapper draws a list of the best U.S. newspapers, the name of the Christian Science Monitor appears well up toward the top.* But of late, more and more Monitor readers seem to be disputing the handicappers' judgment. Today, Monitor circulation is down to 184,000 from an alltime high of 230,000 in 1961. And it is still falling.

As the voice of the Mother Church, the Monitor has faithfully sermonized for all its 56 years. "In the most legitimate of senses," says Erwin D. Canham, 60, its editor since 1945, "the newspaper is a public-relations...

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