This is the final cover of National Journal. The magazine announced in July that it was suspending the print edition in order to focus more on its site. Then, in October, parent Atlantic Media said it was cutting NJ staff by about 25 percent.
National Journal was first published in 1969. Atlantic Media bought the title in 1997.
“As should be clear from reading the recollections of the NJ stalwarts who wrote for this issue, the journalistic tradition that NJ had built up over time—the one that we inherited—was extraordinary,” wrote editor Richard Just, in a memo. “It was a tradition that had, for decades, insisted that the details of policy and politics mattered enormously. That the decision-makers behind the scenes could not be ignored. That there was no shortage of investigative digging to be done in Washington. That reporting and argument could strengthen each other. That a magazine could earn the respect of both conservatives and liberals.”