Mark Armstrong founded Longreads in 2009. It started out as a Twitter hashtag and account dedicated to sharing essays and magazine-length stories from across the web. Longreads has since grown into a National Magazine Award-nominated magazine and podcast with more than 18 million readers and listeners.
Longreads has been hailed by The New York Times, Time magazine, and New York Magazine for sparking a renaissance in longform writing on the internet. In 2014, Longreads was acquired by Automattic, parent company of WordPress.com and Tumblr.
In addition to Longreads, Mark works at the intersection of storytelling and digital media. He runs communications and special projects for Automattic, having produced Distributed, the new podcast about remote work by CEO (and WordPress cofounder) Matt Mullenweg. Mark previously oversaw content and communications for startups including Pocket.
INTERVIEWS & WRITING
- Interview: Recurring Payments on WordPress and the Future of Funding Publishers and Small Business (The Verge, 2019)
- Inside the Grand Meetup (Distributed Podcast, 2019): Interviews with Automattic employees about remote work and the importance of meeting in-person.
- Longreads Podcast: Author Jonathan Mooney on How Schools Fail Kids with Learning Differences
- Longreads Celebrates Ten Years at Housing Works in New York City (2019)
- Making the Case for Distributed Work in Seattle and Across the U.S. (Op-ed, Seattle Times, 2018)
- Amid the wreckage of fallen startups, Longreads is increasing the original reporting it funds (Nieman Lab, 2017)
- Automattic, Steward of WordPress.com, Snaps Up Longreads (Bloomberg, 2014)
- Longreads Partners with The Atlantic (2013)
- The Short Story of Longreads, According to Founder Mark Armstrong (2013):
- New Media Innovators (New York Magazine, 2011):
“The Internet’s best collection of reading material.”
- Long-form Journalism Finds an Online Friend (The New York Times, 2010)