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NJ Is Totally Psyched to Get Richard Just

As we reported earlier today, Richard Just has just been brought on as editor of National Journal’s magazine. And if this internal memo from Editor in Chief Tim Grieve is any indication, NJ feels they’ve scored quite a coup. Grieve is clearly stoked to bring Just on board, and though he acknowledges that Just and Deputy Editor Andie Coller have a lot of work to do to “reinvent” the mag, he also promises that “they’re going to have all the resources to do it right.”

From the memo:

This is major. Richard is one of the best magazine editors in the country. He was the editor of Newsweek.  Before that, he was the editor of The New Republic. 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.

Someone’s ears must be burning! Read the whole memo after the jump…

MEMO:

I’m writing with some huge news: Richard Just has accepted our offer to become the Editor of National Journal’s magazine.

This is major. Richard is one of the best magazine editors in the country. He was the editor of Newsweek.  Before that, he was the editor of The New Republic. 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.

Our press release on Richard’s hiring is attached. It will give you all the biographical details. What it can’t convey is Richard’s energy and enthusiasm – his sheer determination to build on the tremendous success we’re already having.

And we’re having a lot of success. We’ve started 2014 with a bang: Web readership in January was up 45 percent over last January, and February’s performance will be even stronger. Those numbers are exciting, but what’s even more exciting is the quality of the work behind them. Readers are flocking to our smartest stories, and our best-read pieces so far this month represent the breadth of what we do well:

·      Incredible long-form journalism like Peter Beinart’s provocative essay on American exceptionalism; Alex Roarty’s sharp magazine story on the GOP’s talent gap; and Daniel Libit’s remarkable tale about Hillary Clinton, Davos and a Gulf Stream that wasn’t;

·      Smart analysis and commentary like Marina Koren’s on how her native Russia handled the Olympic Games; Ron Fournier’s on defending Obamacare (or not); Charlie Cook’s on Clinton’s decision to run (or not); and Josh Kraushaar’s on Democrats in denial;

·      Fantastic, vertical-specific journalism like our tech team’s reporting on net neutrality, the NSA and the FCC;

·      Breaking news like Catherine Hollander’s coverage of the CBO and the Hill team’s reporting on the debt ceiling deal;

·      And clever, in-the-moment work ranging from Alex Brown’s stories on internet freedom to Brian Resnick’s great eye for photos and wry send-up of Obama conspiracy theories.

We’re on a roll, producing a wide swath of great journalism that’s drawing unprecedented readership to NJ.

Richard will help take us to the next level. He’ll be working closely with Deputy Magazine Editor Andie Coller, terrific staff writers like Shane Goldmacher, Alex Seitz-Wald and Marin Cogan, and additional staff editors and reporters we’ll be bringing on in the weeks ahead. Richard and Andie have a big job ahead of them – reinventing a venerable magazine while simultaneously publishing it 32 times a year – and they’re going to have the resources to do it right.

Richard starts March 10, but you may see him in the newsroom before then. Please join me in welcoming him – and in celebrating this next big step for National Journal.

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