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Too Long Didn't Read: The Future of Indie Longform

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With the rise of listicles, photo slideshows, and content farms, the survival of long-form writing on the web seemed bleak. But in fact, there has instead been a renaissance of long-form writing. While traditional outlets have taken an arduous decade-long path to finding an online model, a handful of new, independent sites have emerged that publish polished prose and are unafraid of lengthy word counts. These "indie" publications went outside the traditional media-industry channels and tapped into their own networks and have thrived, fostering a new generation of writing talent, building new communities of readers, and displaying a new energy that sometimes outshines their old media counterparts. Editors at venerable publications The Morning News, The Millions, and The Bygone Bureau discuss the advantages of publishing long-form work on the web, the challenges of attribution, and how tools that encourage lengthy reads, like Instapaper and Readability, can hurt as much as they help. Sponsored by the Knight Foundation.



Andrew Womack Co-founder The Morning News LLC

C. Max Magee Founding Editor The Millions

Kevin Nguyen Editor The Bygone Bureau