Atavist is a term meaning “the reappearance of a characteristic in an organism after several generations of absence”. In this case, we’re talking about journalism longer than typical magazine articles but shorter than books. The Atavist website therefore publishes original nonfiction and narrative journalism that are longer than typical magazine articles but shorter than books. Articles are written by experienced reporters and authors and optimized digitally for multiple platforms. Each story is layered and embedded with supplementary video, audiobooks, information and a host of other features.
Evan Ratliff is the Editor and Co-founder of “The Atavist” website. His presentation (attached in two video's below) discusses the impetus for starting the “The Atavist” and the current long-form writing platform. An award-winning journalist and contributing editor at Wired, Evan's writing appears in The New Yorker, Outside, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, and many other notables - as well as co-authoring “Safe: the Race to Protect Ourselves in a newly dangerous world.”
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