Media Start-up Hatched At Columbia, 'The Big Roundtable,' Looks For A New Long-form Business Model

How many great stories never end up seeing the light of day as a result?
Lots, according to Michael Shapiro, a Columbia Journalism School professor who thinks he's developed a way to publish and distribute orphaned features by crowd-selecting stories, putting them up for sale on a website and paying writers $1 for each copy sold.