Longform FTW

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Graeme’s in-depth investigation into what ISIS really wants edged out that damn blue/black/white/gold dress for the #1 spot on Chartbeat’s list of the most engaged stories of 2015.  (And our “Coddling of the American Mind” cover story just made the list at #19.) From Chartbeat’s Jared’s overview:

They were long-form reports, rich with narrative, like #1, 7, 11, and 17, which show that readers really do respond to quality (!!). They were live coverages of the attacks in Paris (#3, 4, 6) or the elections in Britain (#5). They were confessional essays and impassioned arguments, investigations and elegies. These are the stories that prove that digital storytelling isn’t just alive, it’s kicking ass.