Christian Science Monitor Breakfasts Are Still On

Shifting to online doesn't eliminate the newsmaker events.

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The shift from print to digital doesn't mean that the famous Christian Science Monitor newsmaker breakfasts will end with the elimination of the daily paper in April. No way, not after making history in many of the 3,600 gatherings over bacon and eggs, says Washington Bureau Chief David Cook. "We've had a bureau here since 1909," he says. "

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The Monitor will continue to operate at its current level of international and domestic coverage," says Editor John Yemma. "And a strong presence in Washington," he adds. Importantly, the regularly scheduled breakfasts stay, says Cook. Started in 1966 under former Washington boss Godfrey "Budge" Sperling and continued by Cook, they provide newsmakers a chance to break bread with print and blog journalists. "It's more like a conversation than a hit-and-run press conference," Cook says.