JWN shutters flagship Oilweek Magazine

by Keith Powell
A number of Oilweek magazines spread out on a table.

The 65-year old Oilweek magazine is no more. — Photo courtesy June Warren Publications

It looks like Oilweek magazine published by June Warren Publications (JWN) ran out of gas last week. We went to renew our subscription and were informed that JWN has discontinued all their print magazines and our cheque would be returned. The company has migrated their content to their DOB (Daily Oil Bulletin) website.

This appears to not only include the 65-year old Oilweek magazine, but all the company’s print magazines including Oil Sands Review and the Heavy Oil & Oil Sands Guidebook—though there was no mention of the fate of Alberta Construction magazine which is also published by JWN.

Evidently, JWN’s Canadian Oilfield Service and Supply Directory (COSSD)—the “yellow pages” of the oil patch—will continue online and as a print edition.

In the July issue of the magazine, company President and CEO Bill Whitelaw said, “JWN is pivoting one its flagship brands, Oilweek, to be part of a future in which energy dynamics are understood and discussed.” He also stated that, Oilweek would link its “long-standing petroleum audience to federal and provincial politicians, First Nations, communities, post-secondary campuses, mayors and councils of Canada’s largest cities, environmental organizations and energy associations.”

For Oilweek, this pivot looks like it included the discontinuation of its life in print. Another sign of the tough times in the Oil and Gas sector and the equally challenging times in the publishing business.

JWN is a division of Glacier Media, which also publishes a number of farm and agricultural titles, the Northern Miner newspaper, and the Canadian Mining Journal. The Northern Miner newspaper cut its print frequency by 50% last year. Glacier also publishes Business in Vancouver (BIV) and plethora of related print products for the Vancouver business audience, as well as a number of community newspapers.

JWN has offices in Calgary and Edmonton and Glacier Media's head office is based in Vancouver.

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