Long-form journalism site Longreads joins The Atlantic’s digital network

Longreads and The Atlantic have created a partnership that will feature Longreads content across The Atlantic‘s digital properties, the companies announced Friday.

Longreads, founded by former Time Inc. editor Mark Armstrong in 2009, features daily links to long-form journalism and fiction around the web. It started out as a Twitter hashtag and has grown into a website that includes paid memberships for $3 a month or $30 a year, giving members access to exclusive content.

Longreads remains an independent company, and Armstrong — who is also the editorial director of consume-it-later service Pocket — will retain control over the content featured on the site. The Atlantic will provide support on the business and operations side and will feature Longreads content across its digital properties — The Atlantic.com, TheAtlanticWire.com and The AtlanticCities.com — as well as on its mobile apps. Armstrong told me that the move is a way for Longreads to build up its membership model and “explore new models for supporting long-form journalism.”

“I’ve watched with interest as Mark Armstrong and the Longreads team have built a socially engaged community that is passionate about great journalism,” Atlantic president M. Scott Havens said in a statement, “and I’m excited to work with them to bring these kinds of stories to our more than 20 million digital readers.”

The Atlantic has some content-sharing partnerships with organizations like the Council on Foreign Relations and China File, but the partnership with Longreads is the first of its kind.