Excerpt of Jeff Sonderman of Poynter article called “New iPad app aggregates only long-form journalism”
The Longform iPad app aggregates editors’ picks of long-form journalism from Longform.org, as well as long stories from 25 sites known for such work, including The Atlantic, Slate, Mother Jones, and Esquire.
The essential role of an aggregator is to make choices for readers, usually about which topics, sources or issues are worth paying attention to. A new aggregation and reading app launching Wednesday for the iPad holds a different standard — length.
For most sources, the cutoff is 2,000 words, Longform co-founder Max Linsky told me, though editors can exercise discretion to include a great 1,500-word story or cut out a 4,000-word item that doesn’t belong.
you can check out the whole article at Poynter. I think it’s a great idea to highlight long form writing but the app is $4.99 and I wonder is the news companies are getting any of that. ~Chao.