How much do we want to read online? Is the screen really the domain of the breaking-news headline, while paper is better suited to in-depth reports?
Apparently not, according to techdirt.com, who refer to the case of online magazine Slate, where writers were given the opportunity to research and produce lengthy pieces of journalism, with their work receiving millions of page views.
No content farm is going to create the type of content described above. They won’t even come close. Perhaps one of the problems with traditional media is that they’ve focused on writing stories that can be easily copied by content farms. Instead, they should be focusing on deeper, quality work.
This is also the thinking over at The Times, who believe such journalism can not only thrive online, but should be paid for.