Forbes is trying to find a digital way forward for well-compensated journalists with a model that pays contributors by a formula that takes into account unique monthly readers and, importantly, return readers, writes Lewis DVorkin. The publication's curated network of journalists, authors and experts allows writers to brand themselves and build communities. In 2012, "two contributors topped $100,000. We had a few at $75,000 and $50,000, and 25 hit the $35,000 mark. There is a long tail at $10,000," DVorkin writes.