- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 16, 2015

National Journal announced Thursday that it will no longer publish its weekly magazine and will shift its focus to digital journalism.

“Over the years, National Journal has evolved from a solely journalistic enterprise into a comprehensive provider of tools, services, and journalism to help Washington practitioners of policy and politics do their jobs more successfully,” the announcement reads, according to Poynter. “Today’s announcement is the next step in this evolution.”

Atlantic Media Chairman David Bradley blamed the unrelenting pace of Washington’s news cycle for the print magazine’s suspension, saying in a memo to staff that the focus would shift to “the higher-velocity work of our daily publications, National Journal Daily and Hotline, and to our hour-by-hour coverage on NationalJournal.com,” Politico reports.

Staff reductions will accompany the print magazine’s suspension, but Mr. Bradley said in the memo he was hoping to avoid layoffs. He told staff that management “will do our best to help each person stay in place, or be reassigned, or transition to a new employer.”

In the memo, Mr. Bradley took responsibility for the decision to end the print edition.

“A few years back … distracted from National Journal’s work, I took both my eyes and hands off the task,” he wrote in the memo, Politico reports. “In the long run, I don’t think a weekly print magazine can thrive. Still had I not failed in my role, I think National Journal may have prospered longer.

Mr. Bradley also held a 15-minute all-staff meeting Thursday to announce the magazine’s suspension, but he did not take questions, according to Politico.

The magazine has been publishing for 46 years.

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