The Christian Science Monitor and The McClatchy Co. announced Monday an arrangement to share news stories generated by their foreign correspondents.
The arrangement comes at a time when expensive foreign bureaus are increasingly under scrutiny as newsrooms cut journalists back home — and as newspapers increasingly look to their local news franchise as their most valuable competitive advantage.
“Cooperation between McClatchy and the Monitor supports the continued professional coverage of international news,” Monitor editor John Yemm said in the announcement. “That’s important because readers need independent and trustworthy sources of news to understand complex issues around the globe.”
The agreement is temporary, and limited to sharing content of the Monitor’s foreign correspondents — Mark Sappenfield, who is based in New Delhi, and Sara Miller Llana, based in Mexico City — and two McClatchy foreign correspondents, Shashank Bengali, based in Nairobi, Kenya, and Tyler Bridges, based in Caracas, Venezuela.
McClatchy and the Monitor said the arrangement will run for three months, and then be evaluated with a decision made to continue, terminate or expand the content-sharing.
McClatchy, with 30 dailies, has seven foreign bureaus.
“At a time when America’s economy, national security, environment and even health are bound more closely than ever to the rest of the world, we’re pleased to be able to give McClatchy readers access to some of the world-class foreign reporting for which the Monitor is famous,” McClatchy Washington bureau chief John Walcott, who also oversees McClatchy’s foreign bureaus.