The MIT Comparative Media Studies held a recent talk on the theme of long-journalism. The journalists from The Atlantic magazine were here with us.
Follow the hashtag #longformMIT to see the discussion.
The debate was fine. For me, long-form journalism sounded more like an answer to the usual ‘fast-food journalism’.
In brief, the concept of long-form journalism is based on three main ideas:
1) Not write unless you have something meaningful to say.
2) Extensively fact-checking.
3) Write only about things you know.
There is also a discussion about if the long-form journalism is related or not to the slow consuming of media. In other words, it is not about ‘producing media slowly’, but ‘consuming media slowly’.
Anyway, the concept is a good opportunity to discuss the current process of producing media.