National Journal is a research and advisory services company based in Washington, D.C. offering services in government affairs, advocacy communications 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 [6] [7] and Editor-in-Chief Stephen G. Smith .

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. [8]

History and profile

National Journal was founded in 1969 as the Government Research Corporation, [9] 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. [10]

David G. Bradley , who founded the Advisory Board Company and Corporate Executive Board , [11] 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. [12] 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. [13]

Atlantic Media now publishes several prominent news magazines and digital publications including The Atlantic , Quartz , Government Executive , and Defense One , in addition to The Hotline and National Journal Daily , which are published under the National Journal brand. [6]

Services and products

National Journal's core membership package, Leadership Council, includes access to daily journalism including NJ Daily and The Hotline , research tools such as the Presentation Center, Washington Briefing, and The Almanac of American Politics , strategic support resources, and events. National Journal ’s newest standalone product, Network Science Initiative (NSI) helps members achieve their advocacy goals by identifying key influencer networks surrounding specific policy issues. [6] Membership packages can be customized to include Network Science Initiative, Leadership Council and other offerings individually or in any combination.


National Journal' s editorial products include:

  • : covers politics and policy in Washington, DC, including the following issue areas: White House, Congress, politics, energy, health care, defense, and technology.
  • National Journal Daily : Originally known as Congress Daily and rebranded in 2010 as National Journal Daily, the publication focuses on the legislative landscape and the inner workings on and off of Capitol Hill.
  • National Journal Hotline : Hotline is a digest of the day's political events relating to upcoming national elections. Published daily, Hotline condenses newspaper, magazine and digital political coverage from the previous 24 hours. Hotline "Wake-Up Call" releases daily coverage of the morning's political headlines; Hotline "Latest Edition" assembles election and campaign news across the country. Hotline reporters contribute to National Journal's overall political coverage.
  • The Almanac of American Politics : The Almanac of American Politics is a reference work that was published biennially by the National Journal Group from 1984 through 2014. [6] In 2015, Columbia Books & Information Services became the publisher of The Almanac of American Politics . The Almanac aims to provide a detailed look at the politics of the United States through an approach of profiling individual leaders and areas of the country. [6]


Some of its best known current and former contributors have been: