Originally published in the July 2020 issue of Nuclear News.
Welcome to the inaugural edition of the new Nuclear News! What you are seeing is truly the product of a team effort, led by our Director of Publications John Fabian and veteran Editor-in-Chief Rick Michal, to fundamentally reimagine the way we bring you news and insights from the wide world of nuclear science and technology. Nuclear News has always been the flagship publication of the American Nuclear Society, but in recent decades our visual format has gotten a little, well . . . long in the tooth.
So we set out to re-create the magazine, maintaining the quality content our readers have come to expect, housed in a format that is more modern and visually impactful. It is part of a larger strategy to keep you informed and engaged in the global nuclear science and technology community through a vibrant mix of traditional periodical and digital content. In addition to reading this magazine from cover to cover, I encourage you to make a daily visit to ANS Newswire, our companion digital news outlet (ans.org/news). There you will find a mix of daily stories and Nuclear News content that is a substantial leap forward from the poorly named “Late News” of the NN of yore. We have also discontinued publication of ANS News in PDF form, but rest assured that its content will continue to feature both in the new magazine and on Newswire.
Redesigning a magazine is hard. It is an exercise that requires acceptance upfront that not everyone will like all parts of the final product. However, I think our team of volunteer leaders and staff has done an excellent job of setting the direction forward. Do you like what you see? Let us know! We love feedback and are committed to refining the content and format of Nuclear News over the next 12 months.
The 2020s will be a pivotal time for nuclear science and technology, and the new Nuclear News is built for the journey. See you next month.—Craig Piercy, Executive Director/CEO