Richard Just named editor of National Journal magazine

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Richard Just is the new editor of National Journal's magazine, the publication announced Tuesday.

Just will oversee the print edition of National Journal, which "isn’t found on newsstands, but is distributed through a membership model aimed at Washington’s elite," Michael Calderone reports in The Huffington Post. Just told Calderone he plans to “make National Journal the non-ideological magazine about politics and policy.” Calderone continues:

The changes to National Journal's print product come a few months after Politico rolled out its first issue of Politico Magazine, which publishes articles daily online and in a print edition six times a year. Politico's new magazine has published some much-talked-about stories online in recent months, including a TSA agent's "confession," but took a hit Friday when marquee hire Jason Zengerle left after only one print issue.

Zengerle went to the New Republic, where Just was once editor. He was "viewed internally as instrumental in helping facilitate [Chris] Hughes' purchase of the esteemed, yet money-losing, 98-year-old magazine of American liberalism," Calderone wrote in 2012. Hughes installed Franklin Foer as editor instead, and Just later moved to Newsweek/The Daily Beast.

Just will "oversee the hiring of additional staff editors and reporters over the next several months," the company says in a release.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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