McClatchy and Christian Science Monitor to Share Foreign News Stories

Released 12/01/2008

Today, the Christian Science Monitor and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI) are initiating a content-sharing agreement that will offer print and online readers of the Monitor and of McClatchy's 30 daily newspapers more timely, top-notch foreign reporting.

The Monitor and McClatchy will make edited stories by Monitor foreign correspondents Mark Sappenfield, based in New Delhi, and Sara Miller Llana, based in Mexico City, and McClatchy foreign correspondents Shashank Bengali, based in Nairobi, Kenya, and Tyler Bridges, based in Caracas, Venezuela, available to one another when they're ready for publication.

"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," said McClatchy Washington Bureau Chief John Walcott, who oversees McClatchy's seven foreign bureaus.

“Cooperation between McClatchy and the Monitor supports the continued professional coverage of international news,” said Monitor Editor John Yemma. “That’s important because readers need independent and trustworthy sources of news to understand complex issues around the globe.”

The agreement will run for three months, at which time both parties will evaluate it and decide whether to continue the sharing agreement, to terminate it or to expand it.

About the Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor recently celebrated its 100th anniversary as a daily newspaper with global coverage. Over the past century, it has earned seven Pulitzer Prizes and hundreds of other awards. The Monitor maintains 18 bureaus and a network of stringers and contract reporters around the world. In 1996, the Monitor launched what became its award-winning website, CSMonitor.com, featuring the complete contents of the print edition, video and audio interviews and stories, daily blogs, electronic archives back to the first issue, and original material written for the site. Next April, the Monitor plans to respond to changing readership patterns by shifting its daily coverage entirely to the web and launching a print weekly.

About McClatchy

The McClatchy Company is the third largest newspaper company in the United States, with 30 daily newspapers, approximately 50 non-dailies, and direct marketing and direct mail operations. McClatchy also operates leading local websites in each of its markets, extending its audience reach. The websites offer users comprehensive news and information, advertising, e-commerce and other services. Together with its newspapers and direct marketing products, these interactive operations make McClatchy the leading local media company in each of its premium high growth markets. McClatchy-owned newspapers include The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Kansas City Star, The Charlotte Observer, and The (Raleigh) News & Observer. McClatchy also owns a portfolio of premium digital assets, including 14.4 percent of CareerBuilder, the nation's largest online job site, and 25.6 percent of Classified Ventures, a newspaper industry partnership that offers two of the nation's premier classified websites: the auto website, cars.com, and the rental site, apartments.com. McClatchy is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MNI.