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The Upshot, NY Times’ Answer to FiveThirtyEight, Launches

The Upshot, The New York Times’ answer to the departure of Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight, is now live. The site is edited by David Leonhardt, the Times’ Washington bureau chief.

Just like FiveThirtyEight, The Upshot is focused on the intersection of data and news. And just like FiveThirtyEight, there will be forecasts made about the political world. Already, The Upshot has an interactive model that analyzes every Senate race in the upcoming midterm elections.

“We created The Upshot to serve as a destination for readers who want to deepen their understanding of the issues and policies that influence their daily lives,” said Leonhardt, in a statement. “Using a conversational tone and a rich stream of graphics and interactives, The Upshot will build on what the Times already does so well — provide analysis of the news happening all around us. We also invite our readers to become a part of the conversation.”

Time will tell if Times readers come to love The Upshot as much as they did FiveThirtyEight. Even if they don’t, the Times is smart to try and recapture some of that data driven magic.

See below for the full team of editors and contributors working on The Upshot.

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NY Times to Launch New Digital Venture ‘The Upshot’

NYtimes buildingThe void at The New York Times that was left by the departure of Nate Silver and his popular FiveThirtyEight blog will be filled by “The Upshot.” Quartz reports that’s the name of the paper’s new data focused venture, which will launch this spring.

The Upshot will be led by David Leonhardt. He’ll be overseeing a team of 15, including three graphic designers who will make things look pretty. Numbers and analytics can be intimidating, so The Upshot is going to do its best to present them in an easily digestible format.

“The idea behind the name is, we are trying to help readers get to the essence of issues and understand them in a contextual and conversational way,” Leonhardt told Quartz. “Obviously, we will be using data a lot to do that, not because data is some secret code, but because it’s a particularly effective way, when used in moderate doses, of explaining reality to people.”

WaPo Loses Economics Editor to NY Times

Neil Irwin GNeil Irwin, a Washington Post columnist and economics editor of the Wonkblog, is leaving the paper to join the New York Times. Irwin had been with WaPo for 13 years.

Irwin will be part of the new digital venture being launched by David Leonhardt. In a memo from Jill Abramson, the digital startup was described as analyzing “the nexus of data and news.”

Irwin tweeted that he will miss his WaPo colleagues “enormously.”

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Tribune Co. Reorganizes Publishing Unit, Cutting Nearly 700 Jobs (Chicago Tribune)
Tribune Co. announced a restructuring of its publishing business Wednesday to focus on its digital efforts and streamline operations, resulting in nearly 700 job losses across the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and six other daily newspapers. TVSpy The layoffs, which did not affect the company’s television stations, come at the end of an eventful year for Tribune. The company emerged from bankruptcy in January with a plan to shift focus to its television stations, naming television executive Liguori CEO just weeks later. LA Times / Money & Co The reorganization is “not by any means a Hail Mary pass,” the company’s president and CEO, Robert Liguori, said, stressing that the newspapers are profitable. NYT The cuts, which represent about 6 percent of the company’s 11,000 employees, will affect mostly its business side. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media “Unfortunately, organizing around functional lines rather than maintain what we’re doing locally, there is going to be some staff reductions,” said Liguori. “We are not going to be reducing any of our frontline reporters. Over time there will be some small reductions on the editorial side, but we want to maintain our best-in-class local journalism.” Poynter / MediaWire In its most recent financial report, Tribune noted it had eliminated 360 positions in 2013 across the company, which also has a broadcasting division. The reductions came “primarily in publishing,” the company said. NY Post “The move anticipates a tough 2014,” said Ken Doctor, an analyst and founder of Newsonomics. “Tribune is battening down the hatches, looking at another, similar high single-digit decline in print ads. Massive cutting is the only way to preserve meager profit.”

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NY Times Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt to Step Down, Carolyn Ryan to Take Over [Updated]

NYtimes buildingPolitico is reporting that David Leonhardt, The New York Times’ Washington bureau chief, is stepping down and will be replaced by Carolyn Ryan, the Times’ political editor.

Leonhardt has been with the Times since 1999, and was named Washington bureau chief in 2011. He succeeded Dean Baquet, who was bumped up to managing editor.

Ryan was named political editor in May of this year. She previously served as the paper’s metro editor.

We reached out to the Times for comment and further information. We’ll update when we hear back.

Update (12:55 pm):
Jill Abramson sent out a memo explaining the changes. Leonhardt will now oversee a new vertical that will focus on the intersection of data and news (read: a new FiveThirtyEight). Also, the Times is launching a “tip sheet” startup for fans of Washington. Carl Hulse will be managing it. See below for Abramson’s full note.

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Dick Stevenson Named New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent

Dick Stevenson has been named the New York Times’ chief Washington correspondent. Stevenson has been with the paper since 1985, when he joined as a business reporter. He was a correspondent with the Times’ Los Angeles and London bureaus before settling in Washington in 1996.

“If you’ve written a New York Times story with a Washington dateline in the last seven years, you have almost certainly benefited from the wisdom of Dick Stevenson,” wrote Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt, in a memo. ”He knows policy and politics inside out and has a rare talent for turning subjects into stories. Even as an editor, when he was spending most of his time improving the stories that the rest of us wrote, he found time to write standout Washington analysis.”

Leonhardt’s full note is below.

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David Leonhardt to be New York Times’ Washington Bureau Chief

David Leonhardt is expected to be named the New York Times’ Washington Bureau Chief, according to PoliticoDean Baquet, the current Washington Bureau Chief, will become Managing Editor under Jill Abramson, reports The Huffington Post.

Leonhardt has been with the Times since 1999, and is well-respected by his colleagues. Already, speculation has begun that Leonhardt will one day become Executive Editor, following the same path that Abramson took.

Abramson is expected to make a formal announcement some time today.

UPDATE:
It’s official.

New York Times, Wall Street Journal Win Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism

The Pulitzer Prize winners in journalism were announced today, and despite the crashing Pulitzer website, FishbowlNY managed to secure the entire list!

Among New York newspapers, the New York Times won in two categories, “Commentary,” and “International Reporting,” with Clifford J. Levy winning his second Pulitzer. The Wall Street Journal won for “Editorial Writing.”

Another highlight is that for the first time in history, ProPublica was awarded a Pulitzer for a group of stories that never appeared in print.

More commentary is sure to follow, but for now, here is the complete list of winners in journalism:

Congratulations!

The Recession’s ‘Capital City’ Right Here in SoCal – Take That Michigan!

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David Leonhardt writes in the NYTimes about the recession and the loss of jobs:

If the Great Recession, as some have called it, has a capital city, it is El Centro, Calif., due east of San Diego, in the desert of California’s Inland Valley. El Centro has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, a depressionlike 22.6 percent.

Click here for the fascinating interactive map.

Is saying Los Angeles has a 9.5% unemployment rate misleading? If you make your nut on gigs and freelance assignments – you don’t show up in these statistics. Is the LA unemployment rate higher?