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A lot of startups have wanted to be “a great place for writers.” Longreads appears to actually be succeeding at this.
“We want to use print as a public statement…to create something that people are proud to be seen with in public.”
“Our idea was that we were going to create one of these things in a classic format and see if there was enough interest to sustain it.”
“That’s part of the strategy. Make the funnel as big as you can, make people really excited about supporting your content, and then you have a relationship to work with and follow up on.”
“I reckon it’ll take us another year to figure out whether this podcast thing is actually a bubble.”
MuckRock is also debuting project pages that will highlight groups of FOIA requests and let users follow specific stories.
Plus: Facebook’s bet on virtual reality, Netflix and AT&T’s net neutrality debate, and the rest of this week’s news in journalism and tech.
Guessing the location of tweets without geolocation, tracking who’ll pay for online news, and the conditions that encourage learning on Facebook: all that and more in this month’s roundup of the academic literature.