December 2022, Vol. 249, No. 12

Editor's Notebook

Editor’s Notebook: The Digital Future Is Now

By Michael Reed, Editor-in-Chief

(P&GJ) — For the past 163 years, Pipeline & Gas Journal has arrived in our readers’ mailboxes each month without fail. This, however, the December issue, will be our final printed edition of the magazine. Rest assured, though, we are not going away – not by a long shot.

During the past couple of years, P&GJ has been preparing the groundwork for this change – adapting what we do so well – in order to transition to a totally digital publication. In other words, starting in January, you, our readers, will be getting all the things that comprise each P&GJ issue in a variety of formats that you can read on your phone, tablet or computer.  

We at P&GJ do a fair amount of research, not only on pipelines, but also on publishing and the reading habits of our subscribers. Not only that, we also receive many comments from our global readerships, both at live events and through emails (and occasionally phone calls and snail mails). What we have found, not surprisingly, is that times have changed considerably since our publication opened its doors in 1859, particularly during the last couple of years.   

In the area of readers’ habits, I feel comfortable in saying most of that change has occurred in how information is received and read. As digital offerings became more user-friendly, more and more people in every walk of life (and of all ages) began opting to do their reading on computers, phones and tablets.   

This has been a natural enough evolution, and even people who grew up in generations like my own, who eagerly await newspapers to land on the front lawn, have adapted to it. Those same people are now demanding that more content be made available digitally. So, that is what we are about to do to an even greater extent.  

Let’s be clear, though, while we may be changing the way we will be delivering news about midstream projects, industry trends and advances in technology to our readers, I want to assure everyone that we have no intention of allowing our superior content to change – unless it gets better – which is entirely possible.  

During all the various changes the midstream sector has gone through over the decades, from a news-gathering perspective, our sources have remained diligent in providing us with the information we seek to share. Additionally, our loyal readers have been more than understanding of whatever minor hiccups might have occurred along the way. (The fallout from the shutdown and supply chain issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic being an obvious recent example.) That support and understanding seems unlikely to falter.  

So, as midstream and the energy sectors continue to evolve, so will our methods of delivering the news of its latest advancements. We are excited to embark on this new chapter for Pipeline & Gas Journal and look forward to seeing you digitally in January.

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