Stephen G. Smith Returns to National Journal as Editor in Chief

But what kind of homecoming awaits?

When Stephen G. Smith returns to the National Journal as editor in chief in December, it will be to a publication that will no longer have the position he held before leaving in 1998, when he was editor of National Journal magazine. That magazine will be gone.

As the new EIC, Smith will be responsible for a newsroom that will shrink in the coming months due to planned staff cuts. Smith will also be responsible for–along with newly promoted managing editor Ben Pershing–a print and digital redesign of National Journal Daily, its insiders guide to Capitol Hill and legislative politics. Pershing has been serving as NJ Daily’s editor.

While a redesign may read as an optimistic move, this hasn’t necessarily been the case at National Journal. National Journal’s summer 2014 print magazine redesign didn’t save the mag from going down. Who knows what will happen to the website, which debuted its redesign this summer, once it becomes available to subscribers and members only.

Then again, Atlantic Media chairman David Bradley has been consistent in wanting to focus resources on NJ Daily since he began announcing the changes coming to National Journal back in July, so maybe this time something will stick.