Reader J sent some links to help keep up with the cool kids. First, Nate Silver: ESPN is combining Grantland, 538 and ESPN films into one unit called “Exit 31”. The new 538 will launch next Monday, Dios mediante.
Then, Ezra Klein, Matt Yglesias and the rest of that bunch: Ezra’s new gig will be called Vox, and here’s the teaser site.
Finally, to verify that the Times is going to smother any kind of effort to make a new 538-like site that challenges all the little Bill Kellers, we have “The Upshot”:
“The Upshot.” That’s the name the New York Times is giving to its new data-driven venture, focused on politics, policy and economic analysis and designed to fill the void left by Nate Silver, the one-man traffic machine whose statistical approach to political reporting was a massive success.
David Leonhardt, the Times’ former Washington bureau chief, who is in charge of The Upshot, told Quartz that the new venture will have a dedicated staff of 15, including three full-time graphic journalists, and is on track for a launch this spring. […]
Putting the DC bureau chief in charge is a clear message that Daddy’s home and you kids better watch out.