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Atlantic Media downsizes National Journal in D.C. shakeup

Atlantic Media will cut the staff at National Journal by a quarter as part of a broader reorganization of its D.C. presence, the company announced today.

National Journal, considered a must-read among policy wonks and influencers in Washington, D.C., will transition to a subscriber-focused outlet as its parent company expands the Beltway footprint of its sister publication, The Atlantic.

The Atlantic will grow its political coverage to fill the void under the auspices of a new Washington bureau captained by editor Yoni Appelbaum.

Today’s news comes months after Atlantic Media announced the suspension of National Journal’s print magazine. That decision was justified by a desire to keep up with the frenetic pace of online publishing in the nation’s capital.

Atlantic Media’s decision to charge subscribers for top-tier policy and politics coverage is reminiscent of the POLITICO model, which sets forth separate levels of free and paywalled content. Read more


National Journal’s Bob Moser joins the New Republic

Bob Moser, senior editor at National Journal magazine, will join the New Republic as the outlet’s politics editor, Editor-in-Chief Gabriel Snyder announced Thursday.

Lapham’s Quarterly editor Michelle Legro and freelance photo editor Stephanie Heimann also join the New Republic as culture editor and photo editor, respectively, per Snyder’s memo.

The hires are part of an ongoing effort to replenish the ranks of the New Republic, which late last year was gutted by a massive staff exodus in response to the abrupt exit of then-editor Franklin Foer. The magazine has undergone a massive reorientation in the intervening months, transforming itself from a venerable print magazine with a Web presence to a media company organized around spreading novel solutions.

Moser, Legro and Heimann join several journalists culled from the realms of television, print and digital media. Read more


Kristin Roberts named national editor at Politico

Kristin Roberts, managing editor at National Journal, will join Politico as the newsroom’s national editor, according to a memo from Politico editor Susan Glasser.

Roberts’ told National Journal staffers she would be leaving the newsroom last week after Atlantic Media Chairman David Bradley announced he was suspending publication of the magazine and focusing on digital efforts in response to the frenetic pace of Washington, D.C. political news. Several National Journal staffers recently decamped to The Atlantic, a title under the Atlantic Media umbrella.

In a statement to Poynter, National Journal spokesperson Jeff Cartwright said the new appointments at The Atlantic are unconnected to the suspension of National Journal’s magazine and have been in the works for at least a month.

The news was reported first by Politico’s Mike Allen. Read more


National Journal magazine to suspend publication

In a concession to the hyperkinetic pace of Washington, D.C., political reporting, The National Journal announced Thursday it will suspend publication of its print magazine at the end of the year and shift its resources to digital journalism.

“Over the years, National Journal has evolved from a solely journalistic enterprise into a comprehensive provider of tools, services, and journalism to help Washington practitioners of policy and politics do their jobs more successfully,” the announcement reads. “Today’s announcement is the next step in this evolution.”

Citing the frenetic daily grind of the D.C. news cycle, the announcement says that its readers have “shifted away from a weekly magazine to the higher-velocity work of the brand’s daily publications.”

The magazine has been publishing for 46 years.

In a lengthy staff memo, Atlantic Media Chairman David Bradley articulated a way forward for the National Journal brand, which includes moving the entirety of its journalism to the “higher-velocity work” of its daily publications, including National Journal Daily and Hotline. Read more

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Study: Washington insiders haven’t given up on print

Capitol Hill. (Image credit: The Associated Press)

The U.S. Capitol. (Image credit: The Associated Press)

Although Washington insiders are consuming lots of digital news, they still value the “credibility and access” of print publications, according to a study released Wednesday by the National Journal.

According to the survey, the National Journal’s fifth, 69 percent of Capitol Hill staffers said they read print publications because they were readily available; 59 percent said they chose ink-and-paper editions because of their credibility.

The report was based on a survey of 1,200 “Washington insiders,” who gave answers over a period of four weeks, according to the study. The group included 120 staffers from Capitol Hill, nearly 400 federal executives and 600 people from the “private sector public affairs community.” They answered multiple-choice questions and also penned longer responses. Read more


How to cover the ’16 campaign: follow the money, but few are, says one reporter

(Image via Deposit Photo)

(Image via Deposit Photo)

Shane Goldmacher, the senior political correspondent for National Journal, has a “totally selfish reason” for covering campaign finance that has little to do with high-minded notions of holding people to account.

No, it’s got a lot more to do with this: the distinct lack of competition from other journalists, he told a boot camp for presidential campaign journalists last week.


Isn’t this a seemingly golden age of political reporting, at least quantitatively, with high-traffic political sites like Politico and tons of cable TV and internet coverage? Even C-SPAN no longer has a de facto monopoly on bread-and-butter, off-the-beaten-track events.

And aren’t giant salaries being paid to solid specialists like Mark Halperin and John Heilemann of Bloomberg News? And the ambitious folks at CBS News and CNN, among others, are ramping up and offering 24/7 news content on multiple vehicles. Read more

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Career beat: Juliet Williams named administrative correspondent in Sacramento

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Juliet Williams is now an administrative correspondent for The Associated Press. She joined the AP’s Sacramento bureau in 2005. (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • James Oliphant is now a political correspondent at Reuters. Previously, he was deputy editor for National Journal magazine. (Email)
  • Eric Markowitz is now a senior technology writer at International Business Times. Previously, he covered business and tech for Vocativ. (Fishbowl NY)

Job of the day: The Memphis Business Journal is looking for an editor-in-chief. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Career Beat: Conn Carroll named White House correspondent for Townhall

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Conn Carroll will be White House correspondent for Townhall. He has previously worked at National Journal. (Politico)
  • Jack Shafer will be a columnist and reporter for Politico. Previously, he was press critic for Reuters. (Poynter)
  • Hugo Sánchez will be a soccer analyst for ESPN Deportes. Previously, he was a guest analyst there. (Media Moves)
  • Erika Maldonado will be an anchor at Univision Chicago. Previously, she was a general assignment reporter there. (Robert Feder)
  • Laura Zelenko will be interim senior executive editor for beat reporting at Bloomberg News. Previously, she was executive editor for markets there. (Poynter)
  • Susan Montoya Bryan will be New Mexico correspondent for The Associated Press.
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Career Beat: Joel Lovell joins ‘This American Life,’ The Atavist

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community.

  • Joel Lovell will join “This American Life” and The Atavist. He was editing special projects for The New York Times. (Huffington Post)
  • Hernán Rozemberg will be editor-in-chief of the San Antonio Current. He is metro editor for the Lafayette Journal and Courier. (Media Moves)
  • Mike Wilson will be editor of The Dallas Morning News. He’s the managing editor of FiveThirtyEight. (Poynter)
  • Byron Pitts has been named co-anchor of “Nightline.” Pitts is chief national correspondent at ABC News. (Huffington Post)
  • Ben Pershing will be editor at National Journal Daily. He’s the Washington editor at National Journal. Tim Alberta is now a senior political correspondent at National Journal. Previously, he was senior editor of National Journal Hotline.
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Career Beat: Newsday makes 2 executive appointments

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community.

  • Paul Likins is now vice president of digital operations at Newsday Media Group. Previously, he was head of revenue operations and programmatic solutions for Wenner Media. Stefanie Angeli is now senior director of national sales at Newsday Media Group. She previously led sales at (Email)
  • Gregg Birnbaum is now managing editor, head of political content at New York Daily News. He is a deputy managing editor at Politico. (Email)
  • Matt Cooper is now politics editor at Newsweek. He has covered the White House for Time, The New Republic and U.S. News and World Report. Ross Schneiderman is now a senior editor at Newsweek. He has contributed to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
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