One year later ?

This issue marks my one-year anniversary as editor of Washington Technology. I've been with the magazine for nearly 10 years, but the past 12 months have brought me a new appreciation for the complexity of putting out a magazine and producing a Web site with fresh daily content.

There are those exhilarating moments when I want to run through the office high-fiving everyone in sight, tempered by the days when I feel I'm banging my head against a wall. But the mood most days falls somewhere between a mixture of pride in what we do and how we do it, and an anxiety that we need to do it better.

It feels good to have a year's experience under my belt ? I'll need it. There are a lot of challenges in the next 12 months.

Much like the government contracting business, the media business is going through great transition, driven in part by technological advancements that have changed the way readers get and use news. Increasingly, you, our readers, get your news electronically and not just via the printed magazine.

Washington Technology has kept pace with that trend. It was several years ago that we started publishing daily news stories on our Web site. More recently, we've enhanced the viewing options of the online version of our Top 100 rankings. We've also added e-letters on topics such as homeland security and state and local news to go with our thrice-weekly news roundup e-letter.

Last week, we added video capabilities on our Web site. You now can go online to watch sessions from our Top 100 conference. Blogs and other features, including a version of Washington Technology for mobile devices, are in the works.

But we aren't making these decisions without you. So I urge you, let me know what you think about how we report the news and present information to you. What other ways do you want to get the news you need? How can we help you do your job better?

Please send your thoughts to or give me a call at 202-772-2558.

About the Author

Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

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