National Journal Holds a Memorial Inside the Pages of its Final Print Issue

A 46-year run comes to an end.

The final product of National Journal’s 46-year print run is out today, an issue that pays tribute to what the magazine has meant to its readers and writers over the years.

It begins with a final letter from the editor by Richard Just. “In early 2014, I was offered what I will, for the rest of my life, con­sider an amaz­ing op­por­tun­ity: the chance to edit Nation­al Journ­al magazine,” he writes.

When Just arrived in February 2014, it was with a mandate to reshape and revitalize the magazine. It became an ultimately sisyphean effort when Atlantic Media chairman David Bradley announced over the summer that NJ’s print run was coming to a close. But in his letter, Just writes that it was worth it:

The past two years have been fun and re­ward­ing not in spite of this chal­lenge, but be­cause of it. While the magazine is end­ing with this is­sue, the pro­cess of try­ing to re­shape the pub­lic­a­tion—by put­ting a new twist on its tra­di­tions and em­phas­iz­ing long-form storytelling and el­eg­ant design—yiel­ded many in­di­vidu­al pieces and over­all is­sues that my col­leagues and I are ex­tremely proud of.

What follows is a look back at the magazine’s history penned by NJ authors and editors throughout the magazine’s history, including Paul Starobin, Timothy B. Clark, Alex­is Si­mendinger, Charles Green, Mar­ilyn Wer­ber Ser­afini, Stu­art Taylor Jr. and John Fox Sul­li­van. You can read their stories of NJ magazine life here.