by Brett Essler
Despite shrinking ad revenue and declining readership, there was some good news in the world of journalism in 2012. Thirty-three percent of American’s now own a tablet or e-reader, which has led to a bit of a renaissance for “longform” or narrative journalism — well-reported, character-driven pieces that read like novellas. It’s not a new form, but the ways readers are consuming this journalism — which is often peppered with multimedia and interactive features — is spawning websites and apps that connect readers with content and potentially create revenue streams for struggling publications.
Below are 10 stories I enjoyed in 2012, in no particular order.