Content writers get paid and more reliably, since page reads are not an important source of income on Vocal, but I'm not clear on how they choose their content writers.

Medium is also struggling, else, they wouldn't have had to switch to $10 minimum payouts-- always a sign of an online publication that's scrambling around looking for all the loose coins behind the couch cushions. Too many writers want to make a living writing short & lazy work for such work to pay well.