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.