The Upshot

The Upshot is a website published by The New York Times which spreads articles combining data visualization with conventional journalistic analysis of news.[1]


The Upshot was first announced in March 2014 and was officially launched on April 22, 2014.[1][2] Steve Duenes, a graphics director at the New York Times, won a newsroom contest by coming up with the name "The Upshot".[3] The site started with fifteen full-time staff, including founding editor David Leonhardt. Because The Upshot was launched soon after Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight left the Times, it was widely described as a planned replacement for FiveThirtyEight and Silver.[1][4] However, Leonhardt stated in an April 2014 interview that The Upshot was not intended to replace Silver.[5] In 2014, The Upshot produced two of the twenty most-read stories on the Times' website, and it was responsible for 5% of the paper's web traffic in October of that year.[3][6] Also in 2014, the site was a finalist for an Online Journalism Award in the category "Online Commentary, Large Newsroom", but it lost to NPR's Code Switch.[7] In 2016, Amanda Cox, who had been a founding member of The Upshot, replaced Leonhardt as its editor.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Gil, Natalie (2014-04-22). "New York Times launches data journalism site The Upshot". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  2. ^ Staff, The Upshot (2019-04-22). "The Upshot, Five Years In". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  3. ^ a b Sherman, Gabriel; Published Dec 14, 2014 (2014-12-14). "42. Because Even a 163-Year-Old Institution Can Learn New Tricks". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2019-11-24.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ McDuling, John (2014-03-10). ""The Upshot" is the New York Times' replacement for Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight". Quartz. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  5. ^ O'Donovan, Caroline (2014-04-23). "Q&A: David Leonhardt says The Upshot won't replace Nate Silver at The New York Times". Nieman Lab. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  6. ^ Wilson, Mark (2015-01-20). "The Upshot: Where The New York Times Is Redesigning News". Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  7. ^ "2014 Online Journalism Awards Winners". Online Journalism Awards. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  8. ^ Lucas, Jake (2019-02-28). "Meet Amanda Cox, Who Brings Life to Data on Our Pages". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-11-24.

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