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Long-form journalism resurges with online and mobile technologies in U.S.

In this age of social media where short Facebook posts and 140-character tweets are all the rage, it looks like long-form journalism is making a comeback.

The New York Times and investigative journalism site ProPublica both are launching their first e-books in an effort to "find new audiences, and possibly new revenue, for long-form reporting," according to Poynter.

The NYT book, "Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy," will sell for $5.99 on Kindle, and ProPublica's "Pakistan and the Mumbai Attacks: The Untold Story," costs $.99 cents on Kindle Singles.

Kindle recently debuted its Singles, which range from $.99 cents to $4.99, and are non-fiction and journalism e-books that are "shorter than a novel, but longer than a magazine article," according to Wired.

Recognizing the potential revival in long-form journalism (see, for example, the site launched in April 2010 that posts articles "too long and too interesting to be read on a web browser"), a new start-up publication, The Atavist, publishes long-form journalism created exclusively for smartphones and tablet computers. Atavist stories sell for $2.99 and free iPad and iPhone apps will be available in coming days.

Earlier this month, The New Republic introduced a series of "online cover stories" that offer long-form journalism as an alternative to today's short, blog-style of writing.

As New Republic editor Richard Just wrote, "While we are no less committed to short-form journalism, we also think that the world needs more long-form writing. Not just because long-form writing is, at its best, a pleasure to read, but because there are certain values implicit in long-form writing that are worth defending and preserving. One value is artistry. The best narratives and the best cultural criticism are not simply means of delivering information; they rise to the level of literature. Of course, there can be artistry in blogging, but it is a different kind of artistry. A 300-word post cannot hold you in suspense; nor can it deliver a shocking conclusion. A brilliant piece of long-form storytelling can do both of these things."

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Guest wrote 6 years 31 weeks ago

Longform App for Apple IPAD 2

One of my colleague told me that there is an app for the website which is available for IPAD. I am not able to find it. Do you know where i can get the link to this iPAD.

P.S. I searched app store and googled it...but never found it.

Guest wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this

I really enjoyed this article. I am studying Communications currently and it was very enlightening to see actual statistics surrounding journalists and bloggers today. With online media popularity growing steadily, and traditional sources, such as newspapers, in rapid decline, I think it something that people really need to think about: the transition to OR convergence of paper media to online media.

If you enjoyed this article, you may want to check out this interview with ABC reporter, Brian Ross, where he discusses similarities and differences between blogging and journalism in today's society.

Finally Fast wrote 7 years 12 weeks ago

Long live long-form

It's good to hear that long-form is still alive. Though, I feel like the editors at the New Yorker might feel like it was never in any danger to start...None-the-less, It's good to hear that it might make a popular resurgence. Pieces like Capote's In Cold Blood and Bowden's Blackhawk Down are true masterpieces of the form and I'll be interested to see if any modern pieces can match the level of artistry presented in those works in the coming years.

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