IN­SIDE: The Dolly Par­ton phe­nom­e­non

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page -

WITH the short at­ten­tion span of on­line read­ers to­day, long-form jour­nal­ism is – sur­pris­ingly – start­ing a new chap­ter.

On­line fea­ture ar­ti­cles from 2000-4000 words are find­ing a grow­ing read­er­ship, be­lieve it or not,

with sites in­clud­ing The Guardian, Esquire, New

Yorker and The Awl sav­ing space for longer reads.

The grow­ing au­di­ence is driven by read­ers who tweet, share, book­mark and save ar­ti­cles to read later.

‘‘ Peo­ple ap­pear ad­dicted to the ephemeral or inane streams of break­ing news and minute-by-minute cov­er­age that sat­isfy a de­sire for in­for­ma­tion with­out go­ing much deeper,’’ The Guardian news­pa­per’s tech cul­ture colum­nist Bob­bie John­son writes.

‘‘ Peo­ple are fat­tened up by info-glut, skip­ping the most nour­ish­ing pieces of in­for­ma­tion in favour of a diet of the web’s fast-food dis­trac­tions.’’

But per­haps we have fi­nally had our fill. Per­haps read­ers are look­ing for a de­cent feed for a change.

Long reads are not al­ways easy to find but there are sites that are ac­tively com­pil­ing them.

Lon­greads. com, long­form. org and giveme­some­thing­toread . com, along with sim­i­lar Twit­ter ac­counts, are pop­ping up to gather col­lec­tions of long, in-depth ar­ti­cles on a va­ri­ety of top­ics.

Read­ers can browse and read, or save them for later.

This new rise in seek­ing out a longer story is myth­bust­ing the doom­sayer idea that new tech­nolo­gies like the in­ter­net, mo­bile read­ing and apps are killing tra­di­tional and long-form jour­nal­ism.

There are some ar­ti­cles, though, that are too long and in­ter­est­ing to be read on a web browser, ad­mits long­form. org cre­ator Aaron Lam­mer.

Each day the New York­based book edi­tor and his part­ner Max Lin­sky se­lect ar­ti­cles to add to In­stapa­per, an on­line ser­vice that makes them easy to print or read on de­vices such as phones, Kin­dles and iPads.

Read It Later is an­other on­line ser­vice that al­lows read­ers to print or save ar­ti­cles with one click.

The ser­vices en­able read­ers to dive into some­thing with more depth.

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