National Journal Hires Richard Just as Magazine Editor

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Feb. 25, 2014, 3:20 a.m.

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.