Print reporters tossed out by leading political journal

NATIONAL JOURNAL magazine is jettisoning print savvy reporters in a move toward a more digital, Internet-focused work force, with more positions specializing in topics such as health care, White House, Congress and energy, reports Mediabistro.

In a major renovation of NJ, current editor, Charles Green, and the National Journal Group will lay off eight staffers.  In the Mediabistro interview Green said, “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.”  The remaining 98 employees must apply for newly-written reporting positions if they wish to stay with the publication.

Green will move up to the number two spot in the National Journal Group and the search is on for an editor-in-chief.  The EIC will oversee the magazine, the website, the hotline and CongressDaily.  Seventy-five percent of the nearly 12,000 readers work on Capitol Hill or in the White House.

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