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National Journal Internal Memo Announces 50% Increase in Readership, 6 New Hires

NJlogoThis afternoon, an internal memo sent at the National Journal, announced a 50% increase in readership compared to this time last year as well as six new hires.

Additions to the newsroom staff include Emily Schultheis as a political reporter coming from POLITICO, Alexia Campbell as a bilingual reporter from WaPo’s investigative team where she interned, Rachel Roubein coming from the Carroll County Times, Alex Laughlin supporting National Journal’s social media, Zach Cohen as a web producer, and Nora Caplan-Bricker, who joined the outlet in May.

National Journal is also looking for a Washington editor to lead its White House and Hill coverage.

Read the full memo from Editor-in-Chief Tim Grieve after the jump.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Tim Grieve
Date: Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Subject: a lot of good news
To: NJG Editorial
Cc: Tim Grieve

We’ve just wrapped up another terrific month: Through the first five months of the year, National Journal’s readership is up more than 50 percent over the same period last year, and we’re seeing tremendous growth in both the number of reporters who are producing best-read stories and the number of sites that are linking to them.  We’re seeing big increases in the number of readers reaching us through social media – our Facebook numbers are really taking off – and our mobile traffic is up dramatically since we re-launched the website in October.

These are really healthy trends for us – and they’re just the beginning.  In three weeks, we’ll launch the new, totally re-imagined National Journal magazine, packed with a fantastic collection of long-form pieces from great National Journal bylines including Marin Cogan, Tim Alberta and Peter Beinart and new-to-us voices such as Simon van-Zuylen Wood and Michael Gerson. It’s a very different magazine, and we couldn’t be more excited about the direction it’s taking.  If you’d like to get a sneak peek at the beautiful new design – and hear more about the mission for the new magazine – please join us in the 9th Floor Classroom Friday at 11 a.m.

And – most important – please join us in welcoming a slate of new staffers to National Journal. Success breeds success, and the gains we’ve made over the last year make it possible for us to keep growing.  So today, we’re thrilled to announce a big infusion of new talent for National Journal:

Emily Schultheis will be joining us next month as a political reporter.  Emily comes to us from Politico, where she’s a national political reporter, the author of the Morning Score political newsletter and one of the founding reporters of Campaign Pro.  Emily graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and was one of 10 U.S. journalists selected for the 2013Arthur F. Burns Fellowship.

Alexia Campbell just joined us as a bilingual reporter on our Next America team.  Alexia started her career reporting in Spanish for La Palma/The Palm Beach Post then moved on to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel before heading north to take on an investigative reporting fellowship at American University.  Most recently, she’s been interning with The Washington Post’s investigative team.

Rachel Roubein will be joining us later this month from the Carroll County Times, a small newspaper where she’s had a huge impact with in-depth reporting and stellar writing on health and human services.  Rachel graduated from the University of Maryland in 2012 and has interned at McClatchy and USAToday.

Alex Laughlin will come on board soon to work closely with Vivyan Tran on social media and all of the other ways we promote our work online.  Alex just graduated from the University of Georgia, and she learned her prodigious social media chops with internships at Headline News, USAToday and other outlets.

Zach Cohen just joined us as a web producer for Hotline.  Zach just graduated from American University, where he was Editor-in-Chief of The Eagle. He’s interned at The Washington Post, USAToday, PBS Media Shift and Time, among others.

And if you haven’t said hello yet, please join us in welcoming Nora Caplan-Bricker, who arrived on the fourth floor a couple of weeks ago.  Nora graduated from Yale in 2011 and joins the magazine staff from The New Republic, where she was an editorial assistant and then a staff writer.

These new journalists represent a big boost for our newsroom – and we’re not done growing. We’ve got more hiring to do, and at the top of the list is a new role: a Washington editor to lead our White House and Hill coverage. If you know of anyone who’d be great, please let us know or send them our way

In the meantime, please join us in welcoming Emily, Alexia, Rachel, Alex, Zach and Nora to National Journal.

Tim and Kristin

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