This piece was written by Tim Ebner, a Merrill journalism fellow at Univ. of Maryland, writing for the American Journalism Review and curated by JanLGordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"
Longform journalism faces a stiff challenge:
**How do you hold the attention of an audience that is clicking rather than paging through a long article?
**A new group of content curators say it’s with mobile devices and apps, which are broadening longform’s appeal and creating sit-down readers once again.
In 2009, Mark Armstrong founded a content curation site called Longreads. The site aggregates journalism content around the interests of an online community.
**Community members share traditional print stories, like those found in The Atlantic, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, as well as articles found in online-only publications, like Atlantic Public Media's Transom.org or ESPN's Grantland.
**Each article can be shared or saved for later reading to a mobile device.
"This site is not just for New Yorkers who take the subway," he says. "This is a global audience of passionate readers."