Richard JustFormer Newsweek and New Republic editor Richard Just is taking the helm of the National Journal's magazine, tasked with "reinventing a venerable magazine," National Journal Editor-in-Chief Tim Grieve announced Tuesday.
"This is major. Richard is one of the best magazine editors in the country," Grieve said in an email to staff. "He comes to us with the strongest possible endorsements from some of the nation's most accomplished magazine writers. And he comes to us brimming with ideas for making National Journal the most vibrant, most compelling, most essential policy-and-politics magazine anywhere."
During Just's time as editor of the The New Republic, the magazine earned its first National Magazine Award nomination for general excellence in two decades. After moving to Newsweek in mid-2012, first as a consulting editor, then as the magazine's Washington editor and then its top editor, Just oversaw the publication during a time of change, consistently producing strong features and smart analysis before it transitioned to new ownership.
Grieve said Just will help take the National Journal to the "next level," building on strong growth in web readership over last year. Just will be working closely with Deputy Magazine Editor Andie Coller to reshape the 32-issue-per-year magazine, along with more hires to come. "[T]hey're going to have the resources to do it right," Grieve said.