Columbia Global Reports is a new publishing project by Columbia University, which will produce four to six ambitious works of journalism and analysis a year on aspects of globalization. Each report will be about 25,000 words long, and will be published as a standalone volume. Most of the reports will entail the author’s doing original on-site reporting somewhere in the world, and will aim to combine the immediacy and narrative power of journalism with the intellectual ambition and acuity of the university. The reports will be on a wide range of political, financial, scientific, and cultural topics.
We plan to publish each report as a book, which is to say that we will seek review attention, publishing partnerships with leading publications, and other forms of publicity, and will hold events to draw attention to the report. We will offer the reports for sale, at a modest price, in stores and online, and will also seek revenue for the project through fundraising. We will also work closely with other initiatives at Columbia that are meant to make the university a more global institution. Taken together, the reports should create a vivid portrayal of the many, varied, and complicated effects of globalization on society and nature. We hope to make a significant original contribution, beyond what journalism and the academy are already doing, to understanding of this enormous subject.