I took a look at the Upshot, because I love their design. It’s so clean and organized looking. They really use white space well, dividing content with only a thin black line. The photos are borderless and they even give a small photo of the author which I like. It’s a very easy site to navigate.
The upshot works with a lot of data, and what I love about them is that they share their data sets and source code. They have a Github here:https://github.com/theupshot So if you want you can look through the code they used for their stories, or even run your own analysis on the original dataset.
If I was going to steal a piece of their website layout for my own, I would take their sticky navigation bar. It’s really nice looking, and it is responsive. Although I did notice it kind of breaks when your browser window is between 1250px and 1650px wide. It cuts off the login button. But still, it works very well.