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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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Nate Silver and Paul Krugman are Bickering Like Children

Nate Silver and Paul Krugman don’t seem to like each other, and so they’ve taken to sniping back and forth. The net result is — as with any media feud — a total loss.

It all started when Silver took a shot at op-ed columnists, explaining that “They don’t have any discipline in how they look at the world, and so it leads to a lot of bullshit, basically.” Shortly after that, Krugman fired back in a column saying that Silver’s new FiveThirtyEight.com was long on numbers, short on analyzing them. Krugman has since written a few more columns piling on FiveThirtyEight, culminating with “So far [FiveThirtyEight] looks like something between a disappointment and a disaster.”

Silver, of course, decided to swing back. He wrote that when FiveThirtyEight was under The New York Times umbrella, Krugman enjoyed the site. But now things have suddenly changed:

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Statistician Nate Silver’s ESPN Site Kicks Off Amid Blog Frenzy (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Nate Silver, the New York Times blogger who jumped to ESPN last year, introduced his revamped FiveThirtyEight.com website Monday as more traditional media companies seek investments in online journalism. Poynter / MediaWire In an article welcoming readers, editor-in-chief Silver says the fact that he called the 2012 presidential election “was and remains a tremendously overrated accomplishment.” It only stood out “in comparison to others in the mainstream media,” Silver writes. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The new site already features a number of articles and visualizations on topics ranging from the Crimean independence vote to the efficacy of toilet seat covers to Silver’s highly anticipated March Madness predictions. FiveThirtyEight will also produce podcasts and documentaries. GigaOM Silver said that he doesn’t want his site to replace or supersede traditional journalism, but to fill what he sees as a “need in the marketplace” for rigorous data-oriented journalism. The site’s logo, a stylized fox head, comes from what Silver says is an ancient Greek aphorism about how the hedgehog knows one large thing, while the fox “knows many small things.” Capital New York Remnants of Silver’s time as a data wonk at the Times remain. The site includes an archive of many, but not all, of the FiveThirtyEight articles published when it was a Times brand, dating back to 2009. Several are even bylined by the current head of the Times‘ impending data venture The Upshot: David Leonhardt. Times graphics editor Kevin Quealy also makes appearances in the archives, as well as Thomas Schaller, a professor of political science at the University of Maryland who contributed to the site when it was part of the Times, and Andrew Gelman, professor of statistics and political science at Columbia University. FishbowlDC FiveThirtyEight is back, baby. And for all of you in D.C. journo-land, this likely means you will have no jobs. The overwhelming and undeniable power of Nate Silver‘s math will render your quaint approaches to “newsgathering” as irrelevant as they are devoid of insight. Sorry.

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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.”

ESPN Launches New Content Unit ‘Exit 31′

ESPN logo GESPN is combining Grantland, ESPN Films and FiveThirtyEight into one new content group titled Exit 31. The name is reference to the exit off of I-84 which leads to ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.

Exit 31 will essentially use the resources available to Grantland, ESPN Films and FiveThirtyEight to create a wide variety of content.

Initial projects include FiveThirtyEight Films — which will produce short and long length videos featuring data analytics — and a new franchise for the 30 for 30 documentary series, 30 for 30 Soccer Stories.

The Exit 31 group will be led by Marie Donoghue, ESPN’s senior VP, global strategy, business development and business affairs. Nate Silver (editor-in-chief, FiveThirtyEight); Connor Schell (VP, ESPN Films); David Cho (senior director, strategy and business development, Grantland and FiveThirtyEight); and Bill Simmons (editor-in-chief, Grantland) will all report to Donoghue.

Bill Simmons Discusses Grantland

Bill Simmons GGrantland, the ESPN owned site edited by Bill Simmons, is almost three years old. That’s as good a time as any to check in with Simmons on the site’s past and future. Recode did just that, and below are some highlights. The full interview is here.

On keeping Grantland fresh:

This is a really dangerous time for us. Because you can hit a point – we’re not massively successful or anything, but I think we’re doing ok – where you just kind of become who you are. I don’t want that to happen.

What he told Nate Silver about launching FiveThirtyEight:

I was able to help as he was trying to figure out what the site was, by helping him carve out parameters about what he was going to do. Like telling him – get as much figured out before you start the site as you can, because once you’re in a big company, they have a way of trying to grab you here, and grab you here, and all of these people are coming at you.

On the future of Grantland:

I’m totally realistic. Grantland’s doing really well, but at the same time most people don’t know it even exists. So we have to figure out how to use the company better, to get on TV more, and do more multimedia stuff.

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Controversy Marks Newsweek’s Comeback (The Associated Press)
A mystery man. A splashy reveal. A media frenzy. Newsweek staked its return from the dead Friday on a story it knew would get attention. A cover story claiming it had uncovered “the face behind Bitcoin,” the world’s most popular digital currency. Twenty-four hours after identifying Bitcoin’s creator as a 64-year-old former defense contractor employee living in Los Angeles, the controversy over whether or not Newsweek had outed the right man was so furious that Newsweek reporter Leah McGrath Goodman made the rounds on Bloomberg TV and CBS Morning News to defend her reporting against Dorian Nakamoto’s denials that he is the father of Bitcoin. Mashable For the first few hours after the article was published online Thursday, Newsweek enjoyed the kind of attention that most publications would kill for. The Bitcoin story dominated the conversation on social media; 700,000 readers had viewed it as of 5 p.m. ET on Thursday. It went on to top 1 million views. FishbowlNY Within the first few hours of the story’s release, however, Nakamoto emerged to deny any involvement with the digital currency, prompting a media frenzy. In a two-hour interview with the AP Thursday, Nakamoto denied having any involvement in Bitcoin, and the only reason he had ever heard of it was because a Newsweek reporter contacted his son three weeks ago. Nakamoto also said that during a brief interview at his home, McGrath Goodman misunderstood him (English isn’t Nakamoto’s first language). Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The account that created Bitcoin in 2009 has also suggested that the Newsweek story is inaccurate: “I’m not Dorian Nakamoto,” said the account holder, whose online name is Satoshi Nakamoto, according to USA Today. Newsweek In a statement released Friday, Newsweek defended the story: “Goodman’s research was conducted under the same high editorial and ethical standards that have guided Newsweek for more than 80 years. Newsweek stands strongly behind Goodman and her article”

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Group of Columbia Journalism Students Launch TheFiveFortyFive.com

Should Nate Silver be worried? No.

The545LogoPer a report by India’s Zee News, TheFiveFortyFive.com is the brainchild of six current Columbia Journalism students. They are all of Indian heritage, and the single-subject focus of this new enterprise is the run-up to their homeland’s next national general election:

The students behind the day-old website – Devjyot Ghoshal, Anand Katakam, Iva Dixit, Indrani Basu, Rishi Iyengar and Aparna Alluri – chose the number 545 because that is the number of seats that makes up India’s Lok Sabha.

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FiveThirtyEight Adds Three

FiveThirtyEight, the forthcoming site to be edited by Nate Silver, continues to beef up its staff. Below are three new hires made by the ESPN owned site.

  • Mona Chalabi joins as lead writer for FiveThirtyEight’s “EveryData,” Sliver described EveryData as “our bloglike/streamlike product.” Chalabi comes to the site from The Guardian, where she served as a researcher and reporter for its data team.
  • Benjamin Morris has been named senior writer, sports. Morris most recently worked as a freelance writer and quantitative analyst.
  • Neil Paine joins as senior writer and analyst. Plane comes to the site from Sports Reference.

FiveThirtyEight Adds Deputy Editor and Director of Data and Technology

bw-smallFiveThirtyEight, the forthcoming site from ESPN that will be edited by Nate Silver, has named Andrei Scheinkman (pictured) deputy editor and director of data and technology. Scheinkman was most recently data editor for The Huffington Post. Prior to that he worked on the New York Times’ interactive news team.

“We’re thrilled to have Andrei,” said Silver, in a statement. “Data visualization is a tremendous way to take a complex set of information and make it approachable and understandable, which is among the most important functions of journalism. His work is at the essence of what FiveThirtyEight stands for.”

Silver and Scheinkman will now being the process of hiring a data visualization team for FiveThirtyEight.

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