Six months ago I purchased a subscription to the New York Times Digital, which provides access to the online newspaper and NYTimes.com for my iPad. I like it a lot, experiencing much less paper withdrawal than anticipated and no doubt now spending more time reading articles than before.

A collateral benefit to being part of the “Times ecosystem” is exposure to other solid news sources. One illustration is the new policy and politics website, The Upshot, that was launched several months ago by NYTimes.com. The Upshot's mission is to build on the Times' foundation “by helping readers make connections among different stories and understand how those stories fit together .... [the columns will] feature a rich stream of graphics and interactives, one of The Times’s great strengths .... Data will also be at the heart of what we do ... there is a large audience for [this] kind of plain-spoken, analytical journalism.” I like.

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