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.

Editors Laura Chang and Damon Darlin; graphics editors Amanda Cox, Kevin Quealy and Josh Katz; reporters Josh Barro, Claire Cain Miller, Nate Cohn, Neil Irwin and Derek Willis; photo editor Darcy Eveleigh; senior staff editor Nadia Taha; copy editors Toni Monkovic and Kathleen Flynn; and Marjorie Connelly, Megan Thee-Brenan, Allison Kopicki and Dalia Sussman from The New York Times Polling Group.

Contributors include: the historian Michael Beschloss; the political scientists Lynn Vavreck and Brendan Nyhan; and the economists Sendhil Mullainathan, Justin Wolfers, Austin Frakt and Aaron Carroll.