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In the last year, CWR has brought you twice the value of a yearly print subscription—for FREE!
Dear CWR Reader:
When I took on the responsibilities of editor for Catholic World Report, I wrote that I did so “with a mixture of trepidation and optimism: trepidation because I am keenly aware of the standard of excellence that CWR has maintained for two decades, and optimism because I think CWR has much to offer its readers in the years to come, and I believe the Internet provides a means of responding to events and news with a flexibility and immediacy not always available with print.”
I further noted that the usual print edition of CWR, which was published from 1991 to 2011, contained nine or ten feature articles, interviews, and book reviews, along with editorials, short news pieces, and a column or two. We intended, going forward with an online-only CWR, to post two or three features a week, along with regular blog posts and news briefs.
And all for free, available online all day, every day.
I’m happy to say, eleven months later, that those expectations have been met and exceeded. Since January 2012, almost 200 feature articles, interviews, reviews, and essays have been posted on the CWR site. And that number does not include the hundreds of posts on the CWR blog, many of them feature-length, written by the CWR staff and several of CWR’s regular contributors.
In other words, in terms of content, CWR has been posting two full print editions worth of content every month!
While some readers miss the print edition, the response these past few months to CWR online has been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging. And traffic to the CWR site has increased every month, which indicates that CWR does indeed have much to offer readers in the months and years to come.
However, CWR needs your help in order to continue providing high-quality news features, interviews, and much more. Yes, eliminating the print edition of CWR reduced some costs. Frankly, it saved CWR. But offering the magazine online for free—without subscription revenue—also has costs. In order to compensate contributors, to improve and expand the CWR website, and to pursue new initiatives to make CWR even more effective, I am asking you to consider donating to CWR.
I know how tough times are. And I know that not everyone can support CWR financially. That said, I strongly believe CWR is worthy of support; I think it provides a valuable service, presenting Catholic news, analysis, and commentary from a serious and orthodox Catholic perspective.
Please know that all of us at CWR value your support—financial, moral, or spiritual support. And please know that CWR will continue to pursue excellence in writing and reporting, reviewing and editorializing, all for the sake of the truth, the Gospel, and the Church of Christ.
Carl E. Olson