The resurgence of longform publishing has a new ally in a Kickstarter-based project spearheaded by Columbia Journalism School professor Michael Shapiro. The big difference in Shapiro's model? No editors.
The Big Roundtable, which is more than halfway to its startup goal of $5,000 only two days into its campaign, promises to provide digital distribution to story pitches that can't find outlets via traditional print publishers. The project plans to provide 1,000-word excerpts to a committee of readers, which will then read the story and decide if it's worthy of being distributed via email. The stories will be sent to another group of readers, repeating the process to determine if it's a successful selection. The story will then be sold to readers for $1 a copy.
According to the Kickstarter listing, this project, which includes Columbia-connected journos Mike Hoyt, Anna Hiatt, Rashmi Raman and Anna Codrea-Rado, will free writers "from the constraints of convention in telling their stories and from the commercial needs of editors and publishers, who determine what tales get told." (more...)