INSIDE: The Dolly Parton phenomenon
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.