Is there a place for long-form journalism among the blogs and the tweets, the Tumblers and the YouTubes? In a world where people can get their news in 140 characters, how are deeply reported, several thousand word long articles supposed to survive? It was this very question that inspired Evan Ratliff, a freelance writer for Wired, The New Yorker, and National Geographic to create The Atavist. (Check out a promotional video after the jump.)
The Atavist is a new app that provides users with magazine-style long-form articles with all the media richness of the web, like audio, video, and additional information. The app has been downloaded 40,000 times since it was introduced in January. The Atavist's editor, Evan Ratliff tells The Takeaway if his new publication can save long-form journalism.