National Journal Unveils Final Issue

A 46-year run comes to an end.

CV9BuGmWIAAoVgdThis 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.”