MIT Center for Civic Media: Supporting Transformational Innovation in the News: #MozFest Knight Foundation Fireside Chat

Dan Sinker: "At a fundamental level, journalism itself functions a bit like a hack day: creating something good enough on a deadline. In fact, the web is built out of tools that were built out of journalism: Django, backbone, underscore, and D3. Some of the greatest developers want to be in journalism."

The Media Business: Many journalists can’t provide the value-added journalism that is needed today

Robert Picard: "To survive, news organizations need to move away from information that is readily available elsewhere; they need to use journalists’ time to seek out the kinds of information less available and to spend time writing stories that put events into context, explain how and why they happened, and prepare the public for future developments.  These value-added journalism approaches are critical to the economic future of news organizations and journalists themselves. "Unfortunately, many journalists do not evidence the skills, critical analytical capacity, or inclination to carry out value-added journalism. News organizations have to start asking themselves whether it is because are hiring the wrong journalists or whether their company practices are inhibiting journalists’ abilities to do so."

Chicago Magazine: Nate Silver on the Election, Pundits, and His Drunk Alter Ego

Nate Silver: "I think punditry serves no purpose. I don’t care if it has a future. For journalism though, there are two ways to do it. You can go and take your traditional journalist—and many of them are fantastically good reporters, very good writers, certainly The New York Times—and try to train them more in some math and probability and statistics. Or you can hire people who come from that background, where maybe now some papers are going to hire economics majors and math majors, fields that you wouldn’t typically enter if you want to go into journalism. But I would think—I guess I would predict—you’ll see more data-driven analysts or reporters. I think at some places, there are questions about where do these journalists fit in and what do you call them? Because the term reporter is now in context, but what is it, right? The New York Times, by hiring me, took a step to do that. The Washington Post has done that with Ezra Klein, but the Times, some of the best journalists are those who make their interactive graphics. And they really do consider themselves journalists, in terms of, “We’re trying to present complex information in a way that helps elucidate the truth to people.”

VentureBeat: Nate Silver drives home a victory for data science

"The reasons for [Nate Silver's] success are manifold ... Use of many sources data ... Using the past to guide the future ...Extracting information from every source ... Undersanding correlations ... Use of statistical models ... Monte-Carlo simulations for the Electoral College ... Understanding of the limitations of polls ... consistency in methodology... A focus on probabilities, not predictions ... Great communication skills."

Washington Post: The Nate Silver backlash

Ezra Klein: "There are good criticisms to make of Silver’s model, not the least of which is that, while Silver is almost tediously detailed about what’s going on in the model, he won’t give out the code, and without the code, we can’t say with certainty how the model works. But the model is, at this point, Silver’s livelihood, and so it’s somewhat absurd to assume he’d hand it out to anyone who asks. For better or worse, those aren’t rules we apply in other markets, or even in journalism, where off-the-record conversations inform much that journalists say."

MediaGuardian: From Storm Sandy to the election, speculation dominates the US media

Emily Bell: "a new emerging school of journalism [is] challenging the status quo. Journalism delivered through lovely prose and burnished anecdote, developed through access traded, sometimes for truth, is under threat from spreadsheets and the numeracy of a different elite. All journalism in one way or another is about the performance of information; presenting, polishing, contextualising and reporting. [Nate] Silver's performance is through numbers and methodology; those left outside it attack it, without acknowledging this might be a world where both can thrive."