National Journal is an advisory services company based in Washington, D.C., offering services in government affairs, advocacy communications, stakeholder mapping, and policy brands research for government and business leaders. It publishes daily journalism covering politics and public policy and is led by president Kevin Turpin, National Journal Daily editor-in-chief Jeff Dufour, and The Hotline editor-in-chief Kirk Bado.
|Categories||Research & Advisory Services|
|Final issue||December 2015 (print)|
|Company||Bradley Media Holdings|
|Based in||Washington, D.C.|
Initially popularized by its weekly magazine, which closed in December 2015 after 46 years of publication, National Journal shifted to a paid membership model in 2011 and began providing strategic research and analysis through its suite of products for government affairs and public policy professionals. National Journal now serves over 1,000 members from both the public and private sectors.
National Journal was founded in 1969 as the Government Research Corporation, a premium research service and journalism company, and was published for many years by the Times Mirror Corporation, which also owned the Los Angeles Times at the time.
Anthony C. Stout owned the magazine from 1975 - 1989. David G. Bradley, who founded the Advisory Board Company and Corporate Executive Board, purchased National Journal and The Hotline from Times Mirror in 1997 to form the National Journal Group. Bradley also acquired Government Executive in his deal for National Journal, and added The Atlantic magazine soon after in 1999. Bradley later consolidated the properties to form Atlantic Media. In 2005, Bradley centralized all of his publications at Atlantic Media's headquarters in the Watergate Building in Washington, D. C.
Atlantic Media now publishes several prominent news magazines and digital publications including The Atlantic, Government Executive, and Defense One, in addition to National Journal Hotline and National Journal Daily, which are published under the National Journal brand.
Its core membership package includes access to daily journalism including NJ Daily and The Hotline, research and syndicated content from Presentation Center, Washington Briefing, and The Almanac of American Politics, strategic support resources, and events. National Journal also provides research and advisory services. Launched in 2017, Network Science Initiative, a product by National Journal, helps members achieve their advocacy and strategic goals by identifying key influencer networks surrounding specific policy areas and issues. In August 2020, National Journal launched Vignette, a database of in-depth profiles of influencers and policymakers at the federal, state, and local level as well as key international players. Members leverage this information to prepare for meetings and build stronger relationships in Washington.
National Journal's editorial products include:
Some of its best known current and former contributors have been: