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Posts Tagged ‘Neil Irwin’

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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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.”

WaPo Lede: Well, Here’s a Story We Didn’t Expect to Be Writing Today.

We know how you feel, Mr. Irwin.

Neil Irwin shared the above lede just moments ago at the Washington Post’s WONKBLOG. And that really is as good a place as any to digest this news, because the announcement that Jeff Bezos is personally buying the D.C. paper is just plain wonky.

The Seattle Times, back in the day, sure. The LA Times, maybe. Then again, Bezos’ choice of outlet is likely a reminder of just how savvy a billionaire businessman he is. He may have seen the most potential for a 21st century daily newspaper business inside the Beltway, not beyond it.

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