FiveThirtyEight vs. The Upshot: Who’s Winning the Data-Journalism War

by: Ricardo Bilton | Digiday

When data wonk heaven FiveThirtyEight decamped from The New York Times for ESPN in 2013, it left The New York Times in a bind. Roughly 20 percent of The Times’ traffic came from visits to data journalism wiz Nate Silver’s site, which accounted for 71 percent of visits to politics coverage. But the Times, barely skipping a beat, quickly filled the void with The Upshot, a similarly data-driven effort spearheaded by Pulitzer Prize-winning economics writer David Leonhardt.

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