Jack Shafer

Journalism’s new Marquee Brothers

By Jack Shafer
August 21, 2013

When Nate Silver packed his FiveThirtyEight.com flag into a box this summer and trundled it from the New York Times, where it had flown for the last three years, for planting at ESPN, he cemented his status as one of the Marquee Brothers, that fraternity of overachieving reporters whose journalistic triumphs have inspired media outlets to grant them nation-state status inside the greater organization.

Nate Silver and a general theory of media exodus

By Jack Shafer
July 22, 2013

The defection of statistics-wrangler¬†Nate Silver from the status peaks of the New York Times for the flatlands of ESPN and ABC News puts a dent in the newspaper’s self-esteem and the orthodox view that for journalists, a Times position equals career success.