Nate Silver

Here's the storyline behind The Washington Post's Storyline

When Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron congratulated the team of writers and editors behind Storyline after its launch Tuesday morning, he was addressing journalists who’d been spending a lot of time at work. Some members of the team were in the office until 9 p.m. Monday night making final preparations. Jim Tankersley, the site’s editor, got in the office at 6:30 … Read More

What it takes to create a new kind of journalism

During the night, I tossed and turned over this question: What does it take to create something new in journalism and make it stick? The question was inspired by a Jay Rosen post tracking the progress of Nate Silver’s new ESPN venture called “FiveThirtyEight” (the number of votes in the Electoral College). I glanced at the alarm clock. It … Read More

Why journalism startups should look past traditional talent pools

The launch of Nate Silver's new, ESPN-funded version of FiveThirtyEight is here, with its data-centric approach to journalism that could reinvent news for the digital age -- or at least make it better. And while Silver's brand of journalism may look different, the people producing it look at lot like the people producing "conventional" journalism: white men. FiveThirtyEight isn't … Read More

FiveThirtyEight and the rise of the lengthy personal-brand manifesto

Along with the rise of the personal brand has come the rise of the personal website manifesto. The form has various purposes: to sell readers on the business model (Andrew Sullivan); to rail against punditry (Nate Silver); to set a high bar and a high price (Jessica Lessin); to test newfound F-bomb freedom (Bill Simmons); and to let people know things mostly will be business as usual (Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg). Read More

FiveThirtyEight to relaunch March 17

Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight will relaunch March 17, ESPN President John Skipper announced Saturday at South by Southwest as he introduced Silver and Grantland's Bill Simmons for a panel on personal media brands. News! Based on @NateSilver538's calculations, there's a 90.617854% chance we’re relaunching FiveThirtyEight on March 17. — FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) March 8, 2014 While talking about leaving The New York Times and deciding to partner with ESPN, Silver criticized old media brands for being "being slow on their feet and not having entrepreneurial spirit." They have no concept of return on investment, he said. Read More

Nate Silver: Eight cool things journalists should know about statistics

Journalists need to bring science and forecasting into their news coverage, despite the fact that predicting outcomes is viewed as "uncouth" in some newsrooms, statistician Nate Silver told a gathering at the Online News Association conference Friday. Silver has achieved rock-star status in the world of data journalism thanks to correctly calling … Read More
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