Gothamist is looking to start adding long form non-fiction features (that it pays for) to its website. Common sense in the age of aggregation tells us this may be a pipe dream. How can it possibly work? What about the page views?! It seems Gothamist itself isn’t so sure — so it’s entering the fray very slowly. It posted a call to journalists on its site explaining its plan to publish one single feature next month.
We will pay one journalist $5,000 to write a long-form non-fiction piece in the 5,000 to 15,000 word range. Subject: Something relevant to our audience of over one million 20-36 year-old readers in New York, timely but with a shelf-life longer than a week. We’re open to any topic, although we would like something that could be well-illustrated with photos or infographics.
Gothamist will in turn cover the editing, production, and advertising, and publish the piece to the various eBook singles platforms for $1 to $3. If the “experiment” makes a profit, “we’ll share them with the writer once we’ve recouped our initial costs.” We’d like to see if they can pull it off! If you’re a long-form writer yourself, the deadline for pitches is Friday, July 1 — get further details from Gothamist here.