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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

is an American weekly magazine that reports on politics and policy. It is part of National Journal Group, a division of ‘s .

National Journal was founded in 1969 by 30-year-old attorney Anthony Carder Stout and investment banker Randy Smith, with the goal of creating a magazine that would cover the executive branch in much the same way that Congressional Quarterly covered Congress. That narrow focus proved untenable for a long-term venture, though, and in 1975, after Stout hired Newsweek’s to become the magazine’s publisher, National Journal expanded its purview to include all aspects of the federal government.

Between 1986 and 1997, National Journal was owned by the company; in 1997, Bradley acquired it. (He , forming the Atlantic Media Group, in 1999.) When Bradley bought it, National Journal had . And though it by way of “more user-friendly content” — shorter, less jargon-filled stories — it was largely read by an inside-the-Beltway audience of Congressional members and staffers, White House and agency workers, lobbyists, lawyers, and members of the media.

In 2006, National Journal with the public television show “Washington Week,” which resulted not only in National Journal reporters making appearances on the Gwen Ifill-anchored show, but also in editorial collaborations and shared promotion, marketing, and fundraising efforts.

In October of 2010, National Journal of its print product and (free) website, accompanied by . The goal was, at it had been in 1997, to expand National Journal’s audience both inside and outside the Beltway and to raise its circulation (). The overhaul was widely seen as an .

As part of the revamp, National Journal offered buyouts to its entire staff — some 200 workers — and went on a hiring spree for big-name journalists, including , , , , and (now the magazine’s editor-in-chief). Fournier’s goal for National Journal, he said just after its re-launch in October of 2010, is to “out-think everybody,” “out-work everybody,” and “out-clever everybody.”

National Journal in 2014 to focus on longform journalism.

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