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FiveThirtyEight Hires Deputy Editor and Director of Data and Technology

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FiveThirtyEight has hired Andrei Scheinkman as Deputy Editor and Director of Data and Technology. He will lead FiveThirtyEight’s data visualization team, using computer programming, information design and statistics to create graphics and interactive features that tell accurate and insightful stories with data.

Scheinkman was previously part of The New York Times’ interactive news team, where his portfolio of projects included work on FiveThirtyEight’s election forecasts, before leaving to found and lead the data journalism desk at The Huffington Post. At The Huffington Post, he led a range of ambitious and innovative interactive projects, on subjects including the 2012 presidential election, gun violence and the private prison industry.

FiveThirtyEight and Scheinkman will hire several other journalists, designers and developers to complete their data visualization team. The team will focus primarily on interactive graphics, ranging from projects driven by the news cycle to long-term features.

“We’re thrilled to have Andrei,” said Nate Silver, the Editor-in-Chief of FiveThirtyEight. “Data visualization is a tremendous way to take a complex set of information and make it approachable and understandable, which is among the most important functions of journalism. His work is at the essence of what FiveThirtyEight stands for.”

The new FiveThirtyEight will maintain the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the original site Silver founded in 2008, while building on its success around the last presidential elections.  It will be focused around five content verticals: Sports, Politics, Economics, Science, and Lifestyle. The verticals will be led by a team of writer/columnists, with additional content from staff writers and external contributors.

The sports, politics and economics verticals will accentuate the coverage that ESPN and FiveThirtyEight are best known for, delivering storytelling that is both compelling and data-driven. The lifestyle and science verticals are the broadest in scope, and will allow FiveThirtyEight to explore topics such as education, health, technology, weather, entertainment, and travel.

Silver has established himself as today’s leading statistician through his innovative analyses of political polling. FiveThirtyEight first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when it correctly predicted the results of the presidential election in 49 of 50 states, along with all 35 U.S. Senate races. In 2012, FiveThirtyEight predicted the election outcome in all 50 states. FiveThirtyEight has made Silver the public face of statistical analysis and political forecasting.  He has earned a series of accolades. Most recently, Fast Company chose Silver as No. 1 on their list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business 2013. He was among Vanity Fair’s “The New Establishment: 2013,” alongside Bill Simmons; as well TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2009 and Rolling Stone’s 100 Agents of Change. In 2012 and 2013, FiveThirtyEight won Webby Awards as the “Best Political Blog.”

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