The Mining Journal (trade magazine)

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The Mining Journal is the industry’s leading source of intelligence for global mining investment, finance, and business. Through an extensive network of reporters across the globe Mining Journal delivers real-time news, plus invaluable reports and analysis on exploration, development, funding, commodities, the METS sector, risk management, and new technologies shaping the industry.


[1] Early edition covers from the Mining Journal archives

The Mining Journal was founded in 1835 in London by Henry English, a London stockbroker[1] under the name of Mining Journal and Commercial Gazette. In 1860 it was renamed to Mining Journal, Railway and Commercial Gazette and by 1910 it was called Mining Journal. In the early days of Mining Journal, then known as Mining Journal and Commercial Gazette, it carried information on a range of subjects, from mines, machinery and metals prices, to news items and stories of general interest. The early issues also provided a glossary of mining terms, updated regularly, and noted all known mine accidents.

In 1963, The Mining Journal Ltd. took over rival publication, Mining Magazine, which had been founded in 1909 by Herbert Hoover, later to become President of the USA, while he was a mining engineer then working in London. In 1935, as a centenary edition, it launched Mining Annual Review and in the 1990s expanded through the launch of World Tunnelling, Geodrilling International, Mining Environmental Management (now Mining People and the Environment) "[2]

In 1844, the Mining Journal successfully campaigned for the introduction of the first safety regulations for mines.[3]

A large number of important inventions were introduced in the 1830s, and it is clear from the early issues that the founders – led by the first editor, Henry English – realised they were witnessing an evolution in mining.

Michael Coulson, author of The History of Mining, wrote that English believed with the Industrial Revolution in full swing and the mining industry providing the key raw materials driving industrialisation, “a regular publication recording and commenting on the issues facing mining was long overdue” [4]

“Exposed to the oxygen of publicity it was clear that all was not well with the UK’s mining industry – its size, excepting coal, was inadequate to provide all the needs of rapidly growing industries such as iron, steel and engineering,” Coulson wrote.

“At the same time, coal mining in the UK was dangerous and fatalities unacceptably common in the fast growing industry.

“English became something of a one-man protest movement and his commentaries became increasingly influential, culminating in his success in having a commission appointed to look into the Haswell Colliery disaster in Durham in 1844 following his direct appeal to Queen Victoria.

“The Mining Journal continued to campaign for reform of the mining industry and English’s efforts played a major part in the establishment of both the Royal School of Mines and the Camborne School of Mines.”

Mining Journal’s influence today is global, with the title’s editorial network extending to all key mining centres, and the journal regarded as the global mining industry’s must-read investment, finance and business weekly.

The British Geological Survey also dates back 180 years, with the formation of the Ordnance Geological Survey in 1835. As indicated, Mining Journal campaigned vigorously for greater safety in mines and for the establishment of mining schools – the Royal School of Mines opened in 1851 and Camborne School of Mines early in 1888.

Up until 2005 it was owned and managed by independent company, Mining Journal Limited and that year ownership was transferred to publishing company, Mining Communications, which also produces Mining Magazine, Mining, People and the Environment, GeoDrilling International and World Tunnelling/Trenchless World.[3][5] Since 2008, it has been owned by the Australian company Aspermont, owner of Australia's Mining Monthly, and Mining Magazine.

Mining Journal Today[edit]

Mining Journal’s influence today is global, with the title’s editorial network extending to all key mining centres, and the journal regarded as the global mining industry’s must-read investment, finance and business information source.

In addition to direct news from mining and exploration companies around the world, it gathers information from regular correspondents, government departments, international organisations like the World Bank and the United Nations, other media sources, trade organisations and research institutes, as well a host of consultants and product manufacturers.

It is available to read on, in print delivered every fortnight, and via its smart device app available on iOS and Android devices.

Content Sections[edit]

Commodity Intelligence[edit]

  • Quarterly commodity stocks reports to examine the latest share-price movements, catalysts, and provide peer comparisons;
  • Company profiles, research, and site visits;
  • Market insight reports;
  • Daily market pricing on over 50 key commodity groupings.

Exploration & Development[edit]

  • Interviews with leading explorers, developers and producers;
  • The best brownfield and greenfield projects across the globe;
  • Data tables listing the top five mineral drill intercepts from around the globe, year to date and month to date by gold-equivalent value;
  • Special reports on metallogenic belts attracting high levels of exploration including stock valuations, M&A, infrastructure, regulatory environment and investment risk.

Finance and Risk[edit]

  • Finance news trends at corporate and project level;
  • Essential company announcements and activities;
  • Annual report on insurance packages and investment protection;
  • Annual report on global finance - who is delivering capital?;
  • Annual legal mining codes report.

METS, Technology, and Innovation[edit]

  • Investment opportunities in the multibillion-dollar METS sector;
  • Annual global drilling and mining contractors report;
  • Regular IPO and M&A outlook;
  • Annual METS report;
  • Leadership and value building strategies;
  • Coverage of the game changing technologies, innovation and finance options that are fundamentally changing the industry;
  • Quarterly Mining Technology reports.

Annual Mining Journal Intelligence Reports[edit]

Mining Journal’s Research and Intelligence department capitalises on its established network and industry knowledge to deliver annual standalone reports addressing principal areas of the industry.

  • The Mining Journal World Risk Report (feat.MineHutte ratings) includes the Investment Risk Index, a robust system for rating jurisdictions across multiple metrics covering the Legal, Governance, Social, Fiscal and Infrastructure risk baskets. It is weighted toward hard, established risk-related indices but also includes perceived risk, which comes from the findings of a refocused World Risk Survey. The report includes full findings, analysis and discussion broken down into individual risk baskets.
  • The Mining Journal Global Finance Report is a review of the financing environment based on commodity pricing and equity performances. This report will use data/industry access/etc to analyse IPOs and secondary raisings, equities assessed by capital gains and yield, stock market credentials and regulation, alternative financing solutions, and results from our global survey of retail and institutional investors
  • The Mining Journal Global Leadership Report contains in-depth interviews with C-suite executives from the top ten mining companies from each major mining centre: Australia, Canada, and the UK. The report covers major concerns and opportunities of the industry’s leading leaders. Plus, the diversification and investment performances among leading mining companies.


  1. ^ Coulson, Michael (2012). The History of Mining. Harriman House. pp. 138, 401. ISBN 9780857192660. 
  2. ^ Wilson, A.J. The Pick and The Pen. London: Mining Journal Books Limited, 1979.
  3. ^ a b Chronology of The Mining Journal (Subscription or registration necessary).
  4. ^ "Michael Coulson - Author Profile". Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  5. ^ Mining Communications "Mining Journal Online" website.