Meeting… Storm Hurwitz, Senior Analyst at The New York Times

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“Meeting…” is an ongoing series from NYT Open that features New York Times employees from different corners of the company. In this installment, we meet Storm Hurwitz, a senior analyst on the News Products Analytics team.

What is your name?
Storm Hurwitz

What are your pronouns?

What is your job?
Senior Analyst, News Product Analytics

What does that mean?
I use data to help The New York Times understand how their readers engage with Times stories.

How long have you been at The Times?
One year and 10 months!

Most Times employees are working remotely right now. Where are you working from these days?
I am working from my apartment in Harlem with my dog, my partner and his dog.

How do you start your day?
My partner and I team up on the start of the day. We both get up, and he takes the dogs for their morning walk as I get coffee ready. We then both sit together and read the news as we have our coffee before we dive into our first meetings of the day.

What is something you’ve worked on recently?
I’m currently helping bring standardization and a data perspective to our recommended articles on article pages. The work is very detailed, but it is exciting to help set the product teams and newsroom up to more efficiently and effectively compare each of the recommendation blocks with the goal of helping readers access the depth and breadth of our coverage.

Tell us about a project you’ve worked on at The Times that you’re especially proud of.
Slowly, but surely, helping The Times understand how to classify whether an article pageview was “engaged.” Our product teams care about measuring engaged pageviews, as a way to understand whether our readers are getting value from the product experience. This is a long-term project that has many stakeholders, so it is very much a work-in-progress. But, leveraging data to help readers find stories they want to engage with is a dream of mine.

There are so many reader behaviors to account for in thinking about this classification problem, all of which are interesting to better understand and surface for my product stakeholders.

What was your first job?
I worked at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York, essentially creating statewide HIV-prevention campaigns and advising over 50 LGBTQ organizations across the state on their digital marketing strategy.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
I have never eaten meat. I was raised a vegetarian!

What is your secret to career success?
Reflective persistence. I think it is very important to consistently and frequently take stock of what is making me happy and to trust that instinct. As I hone my ability to pinpoint what inspires happiness, I lean into making those drivers a part of my overall career strategy — be that what jobs I apply for, what problems I look to solve at work and how I advocate for myself.

What is your superpower?
Process thinking. I am, sometimes to a fault, very process oriented. But, I love efficiency.

What are you inspired by?
Passion, intellect and love.

Name one thing you’re excited about right now (can be non-work related).
My Intern! I will manage an intern this summer and she totally rocks. I am thrilled that The Times is still hiring and offering internship opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic, and I cannot wait to learn alongside her.

What is your best advice for someone starting to work in your field?
Technical skills are great, but do not forget to actively seek to grow your data storytelling skills.

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