National Journal Announces New Hires Ahead of June Magazine Redesign

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May 8, 2014, 7:25 a.m.


Michelle Cottle, Si­mon Van Zuylen-Wood, Eth­an Ep­stein, Daniel Lib­it and Nora Ca­plan Brick­er to Join as Writers and Con­trib­ut­ors

Wash­ing­ton, D.C. (May 8, 2014) - Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s print magazine wel­comes the ad­di­tion today of sev­er­al new writers and con­trib­ut­ors in­clud­ing Nora Ca­plan-Brick­er,Michelle CottleEth­an Ep­steinDaniel Lib­it, and Si­mon Van Zuylen-Wood.  The an­nounce­ment comes ahead of an am­bi­tious new magazine re­design, set for June, which is be­ing led by Ed­it­or of Na­tion­al Journ­al magazine Richard Just and Na­tion­al Journ­al Ed­it­or-in-Chief Tim Grieve.

“Bring­ing aboard these tal­en­ted journ­al­ists is a test­a­ment to our on­go­ing ef­fort to be­come the defin­it­ive magazine for beau­ti­fully craf­ted storytelling about Wash­ing­ton, DC and the world of polit­ics,” Just said. “We are com­mit­ted to both pub­lish­ing bril­liant, es­tab­lished storytellers and to be­com­ing the polit­ic­al magazine that cul­tiv­ates the next gen­er­a­tion of up-and-com­ing nar­rat­ive journ­al­ists.”

Michelle Cottle, who has been a Wash­ing­ton re­port­er for the The Daily Beast, is join­ing Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s print magazine as a Seni­or Writer. Be­fore work­ing for The Daily Beast and New­s­week, Cottle was a long­time Seni­or Ed­it­or at The New Re­pub­lic, where her writ­ing ap­peared in The Best Amer­ic­an Polit­ic­al Writ­ing of 2009.

Nora Ca­plan-Brick­er will join the magazine as Staff Cor­res­pond­ent. She is cur­rently a Staff Writer at The New Re­pub­lic cov­er­ing top­ics that range from polit­ics to gender and sexu­al­ity to im­mig­ra­tion, so­cial justice and bey­ond.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Si­mon van Zuylen-Wood, a staff writer for Phil­adelphia magazine who has also worked for The New Re­pub­lic and writ­ten for Politico MagazineEth­an Ep­stein of The Weekly Stand­ard; and Daniel Lib­it, formerly a re­port­er for Politico, will be Con­trib­ut­ing Writers to the magazine.

These journ­al­ists join ex­ist­ing Na­tion­al Journ­al writers and con­trib­ut­ors Peter Bein­art, Mar­in Cogan, Shane Gold­mach­er, and Alex Seitz-Wald un­der the lead­er­ship of Grieve, Just, Deputy Ed­it­or An­die Coller, and Man­aging Ed­it­or Aman­da Cormi­er.  Joseph Heroun, an award-win­ning Cre­at­ive and Design Dir­ect­or, who has held lead­ing po­s­i­tions in brand and ed­it­or­i­al de­vel­op­ment at Men’s Health, Wo­men’s Health, Bo­ston Magazine and The New Re­pub­lic, is guid­ing the art dir­ec­tion for the re­design ef­fort.

The magazine re­design is part of the next phase of a lar­ger, long-term re­fresh of the Na­tion­al Journ­al brand, which kicked off last fall with the suc­cess­ful re­launch of its web­site. Since then, Na­tion­al Journ­ has en­joyed sig­ni­fic­ant audi­ence growth, set­ting traffic re­cords throughout the fall and spring. April’s on­line read­er­ship was up 55 per­cent over last April, mak­ing it the highest on­line read­er­ship for the web­site in 2014.


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