The problem with journalism on the Web today is that it’s being
contaminated by the Web form factor. What I mean is, journalists
are being pushed to do things like slide shows — stuff meant to
attract page views. Articles themselves are condensed to narrow
columns of text across 5, 6, 7 pages, and ads that are really
distracting for the reader, so it’s not a pleasant experience to
‘curl up’ with a good website.
Journalism is being pushed into a space where I don’t think it
should ever go, where it’s trying to support the monetization
model of the Web by driving page views. So what you have is a
drop-off of long-form journalism, because long-form pieces are
harder to monetize. And it’s also hard to present that longer
stuff to the reader because no one wants to wait four seconds for
every page to load.