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Kraushaar In, Wilson Out

National Journal‘s Josh Kraushaar will grab the torch of Editor-in-Chief of “The Hotline,” while Reid Wilson moves over to WaPo to head up a new online destination called GovBeat. The news was announced today and is already splattered around the Twitterverse.

“We’re thrilled that Josh has agreed to take the helm of Hotline,” said NJ Editor Charles Green. “He’s everything you’d want in an editor in chief: He commands the respect of politics junkies as one of the smartest political analysts in town; he knows the Hotline operation backwards and forwards; and he’s a digital innovator who will help Hotline evolve in its role as the premier political tip sheet in Washington.”

Kraushaar was managing editor for politics at NJ. Before that, he worked at Politico.

“It’s a tremendous honor to step in as the next editor-in-chief of the Hotline, and follow in the footsteps of the greats who have led the publication over the years – Doug Bailey, Chuck Todd, Amy Walter and my friend and longtime colleague Reid Wilson,” said Kraushaar. “At a time when it’s hard to separate the buzz from substance in political coverage, Hotline’s brand of authoritative aggregation and analysis continues to stand out from the pack. I am excited about the opportunity to cover the 2014 midterms and the 2016 presidential election with a talented team of Hotliners and expect big things in the months ahead.”

As Green wrote in a memo to NJ staff, “We wish Reid nothing but the best in his new job. He’s been a wonderful colleague and talented leader during his tenure at Hotline. We look forward to reading his work in the years to come.”

Wilson has been in the role of editor-in-chief since 2010.

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Atlantic Releases Kelly Award Finalists

The just in from The Atlantic

They’ve released the finalists for the annual Michael Kelly Award. The $25,000 award will be given at a ceremony on April 14.

Chosen from a field of more than 60 entries, the finalists for the 2013 award are: Read more

Atlantic Media Brings on ‘Extreme Talent’

Atlantic Media Chairman David Bradley announced today that Andy Sareyan is joining the company as Executive Veep of Atlantic Media Company and President of National Journal Group. In a release they call Sareyan “one of the country’s most accomplished media executives.”

Among his tasks will be to work alongside NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier, Editorial Director Ron Brownstein and Magazine Editor Charles Green to expand the publication’s agenda, which includes “transitioning from a subscription model to a full-service membership model.” He sees potential: “They already have a world-class editorial team that creates products read by some of the most influential people in America. It’s hard to imagine a stronger base for growth.”

Sareyan was most recently President of Consumer Brands at the Meredith Corporation, which publishes Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Parents, Fitness, More, American Baby, Traditional Home, and Midwest Living. Before joining Meredith, he spent 18 years in a number of leadership roles at Time Inc.

Bradley summed up his new hire, saying, “At least by ambition, Atlantic Media recruits for two qualities – force of intellect and a spirit of generosity. With Andy, we get both – and an animating gift of leadership. Andy is extreme talent arriving at the company at an hour of extreme growth. We are at that uncommon moment when every brand is growing rapidly. Andy’s assignment is to grow us faster still.”

Two NJ Sales Employees Jump Ship and Move to Competitor

This just in…

We’re hearing that two employees from the sales side of National Journal have resigned today and are headed to a competitor.

Editor Charles Green passed on comment, reasoning he’s on the editorial side of the publication, not the business end.

NJ‘s Publisher David Bradley did not comment by FishbowlDC press time. Should he get in touch we will bring you his comments.

> Update: National Journal Spokesperson Zachary Hooper sent this note to FishbowlDC – “We are transforming National Journal to make it even more competitive in this changing market. Change brings about change. We wish them well.”

NJ Going Through Major Revamp, Layoffs, Buyouts, and a Search for an Editor-in-Chief

Major changes are happening at National Journal Group today. Some will be favorable – a shift to the web with more positions specializing in topics such as health care, White House, Congress and energy. And for others, this will be a hard pill to swallow.

This is especially true if you’re among the eight people who will be let go when all is said and done. There are 106 editorial employees at the publication as it stands and 98 will remain.

Here are the big points:

1. NJ is in search of an Editor-in-Chief to oversee all operations – NJ magazine, the Web Site, The Hotline and CongressDaily. Charles Green, who currently serves as Editor of National Journal, will shift into the number two spot.

2. Today at three meetings, reporters from each part of the company will receive packets with detailed information of taking buyouts should they so choose. They will be given a list of newly written reporting positions they must apply for to remain at the publication. All reporters must reapply for their posts. Those with the highest salaries will see pay cuts if they stay.

3. Columnists Stuart Taylor, Clive Crook and Jonathan Rauch are out, unless they decide to stay on and write in other capacities for NJ Magazine. Their columns have been scrapped. “Hopefully they will continue to have a presence in the magazine,” said Green.

In a phone interview this morning, Green told FishbowlDC: “We’re going to be adding positions for reporters who are more web oriented, and subtracting positions for some of the more print focused reporters. We are going to put a lot more emphasis on digital. We’re still going to maintain the quality of our print publications, but like everybody else, we recognize the future is in digital and we need to enhance our presence there.

“Everybody realizes that the media landscape is changing very quickly. We need to adapt to it.”

Green said he wasn’t nervous about the difficult meetings before him and the long day ahead. “Sure, shaking up a newsroom and reorganizing things isn’t easy, particularly when you’ve been a part of it for a fairly long time,” said Green. “But while it isn’t easy, it’s exciting to be trying to do some new things and meet some new challenges. There’s a lot of enthusiasm on my part to try to position our newsroom better to meet the challenges we’re facing to serve our readers better, and be more visible in Washington.”

He didn’t anticipate the situation to turn ugly today. “I don’t expect the meetings to get hostile,” he said. “That’s not the culture here.”

Still, doesn’t he feel slighted about not getting the number one post at the publication? “I think they felt it was helpful to bring in someone new and fresh and add to the editorial team we have,” he said. “I completely understand their thinking.”

Three months ago, owner David Bradley stepped in with Justin Smith, now president of National Journal Group, and created task forces to come up with solutions for improving the publication. Recommendations from those task forces (comprised of reporters and editors at NJ) are the basis for what is happening today.

Green said his responsibilities have increased over the years, but he explained that he has never been Editor-in-Chief of the entire operation of National Journal Group. He insisted that he would not step down. “I’m committed to making this unified newsroom work,” he said.

Seattle Times Reporters Win Atlantic Award

Seattle Times reporters Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry are this year’s recipients of the Michael Kelly Award for their series exposing the criminal histories of members of a Rose Bowl-winning University of Washington football team.

The award was presented by Atlantic Media Company chairman David Bradley at a dinner last night at Atlantic’s headquarters.

In a statement, the award judges said Armstrong and Perry displayed “the commitment to truth that will alienate readers, risk advertising accounts, and jeopardize a newspaper’s standing during already precarious times.”

From the release: the $25,000 award is given annually to a journalist whose work exemplifies a quality that animated Kelly’s own career: the fearless pursuit and expression of truth. Kelly, who was the editor of two Atlantic Media publications, The Atlantic and National Journal, was killed while covering the war in Iraq in 2003.

Finalists included NYT‘s Barry Bearak and Celia Dugger, Fast Company’s Richard Behar and Vanity Fair‘s Peter Godwin. And judges included NJ’s Carl Cannon and Charles Green, Army Times’ Kelly Kennedy (also a Michael Kelly Award finalist last year), VF’s Cullen Murphy and freelance writer Loretta Tofani, (last year’s winner of the Michael Kelly Award).