So first, Five Thirty Eight is live!
That is great news. And my excitement is only heightened by reading Silver’s manifesto, specifically relating to journalism vs math:
Conventional news organizations on the whole are lacking in data journalism skills, in my view. Some of this is a matter of self-selection. Students who enter college with the intent to major in journalism or communications have above-average test scores in reading and writing, but below-average scores in mathematics. Furthermore, young people with strong math skills will normally have more alternatives to journalism when they embark upon their careers and may enter other fields.
Ya think? As if the dig on conventional journalism wasn’t bad enough, he goes further and dings journalists in general.
I like this guy.