New technologies, the Web and mobile devices have clearly affected and changed our traditional approach to journalism. And they have definitely not only changed our reading habits but also when we consume it.
Newspapers' circulation numbers are generally down and we are ever more living in a media culture defined by appetizer-size articles and hastily assembled content, all tailored for discoverability by search engines, wrote Business Week.
But can old journalism benefits from these technological progresses? The answer seems to be yes, if we look at those apps or websites that offer a postponed consumption of long and deep analysis articles.
"Don't write the obituary for long-attention-span journalism quite yet," Business Week wrote. "Go to instapaper.com and download the plug-in for your Web browser." The app you can install on your iPhone, iPad, Kindle and soon your Android device will let you save the article you stumble onto during a full work day and read it later at your convenience.
Instapaper has - according to the article - more than a million users and one of its competitors Read It Later has more then 3 million.
Tools like Instapaper, Read It Later or Longform.org have "found ways to use Web tools to renew attention to long-form journalism, increase its shelf life and make it easier for people to consume and share it."
The article reported also that magazines such as Wired, the Atlantic and The New Yorker have started to specify their stories as Longreads when they promote on Twitter, as Longreads is a site that shares recommendations for in-depth articles.
Will these tools successfully carry traditional media's in-depth analysis to new technology mobile devices?
Source: Business Week