By: Jennifer Saba
USA Today and The Christian Science Monitor have united to form a joint bureau in Mexico City, starting Dec. 1. Both papers will share the cost of payroll and rent.
Danna Harman, a correspondent for the Monitor, has been named bureau chief for both newspapers. She will report throughout Latin America and for now is the only employee in the bureau.
USA Today Editor Ken Paulson told E&P they teamed up with Monitor because of its strong record of international reporting and because there?s ?little readership overlap? between both papers. ?It?s a great fit,? he said.
One of Paulson?s goals since taking the helm at USA Today in late April is to expand the paper?s foreign coverage. (Not including Mexico City, USA Today operates four foreign bureaus.) Paulson would not say if both papers plan to open other joint bureaus: ?This is the only thing on the board.? He did explain that cost sharing makes sense, especially when other papers are shuttering bureaus.
Indeed, the Monitor has seen its shares of financial woes — last June the paper announced it needed to slash $3.3 million in costs. It has eight foreign bureaus.
?We?re delighted with the arrangement,? said Paul Van Slambrouck, editor of the Monitor, in a statement. ?It allows us to strengthen our international coverage, expand our audience, and do so in a very cost-efficient way.?