Great artical. Unfortunately no simple solve all solution. Magazines need ads to survive, websites need clicks to sell ads, to pay for the in depth quality unique original content that staff writers photographers or freelancers provide.
It does kill an artists soul to see something you slaved over or are proud of bumped below the fold during the busy summer months. Highlighting featured content allowing it to remain above the fold for longer helps for sure. Sometimes unfortunately the balance is often lost in all the clutter. Some of the stuff on all sites as mentioned would be better off in the social feeds.
Thanks for highlighting the plight and the fight we fight guys.