Jeff Dufour is joining National Journal as editor of real-time news, responsible for NJ’s “What We’re Following” newsfeed. The tool was a key feature of the National Journal redesign that debuted about two months before Atlantic Media announced major changes to National Journal in October.
The changes, which included sizable staff cuts and a shift in focus toward project-based research and services, guaranteed a National Journal that would contrast starkly from its current form.
With Dufour’s hire, we know at least that NJ aims to preserve and continue to develop the feature that the team led by Jessica Huff and Andrew McGill created. Dufour will also have a hand in the redesign of National Journal Daily, which will relaunch next year in print and online.
Dufour’s new role represents a return of sorts to National Journal. His first media job was at American Health Line, then a National Journal product. His latest role was as D.C. editor of Urban Daddy, whose Washington edition he was responsible for launching.
He starts Dec. 7.