For two weeks at the beginning of each summer, a team of Globalist staffers travels to another country to conduct unique on-the-ground reporting and research. These reporting trips include meetings with government officials, journalists, academics, cultural figures, and civil society leaders, and it all culminates in articles for the fall issue of our magazine.
In past years, the Globalist has reported from China (2006), Venezuela (2007), India (2008), Tanzania (2009), Indonesia (2010), Turkey (2011), and Chile (2012). Blog posts from our wonderful last reporting trip to Chile can be found on last year’s blog here. This year, 14 Globalist staff writers and members of the editorial board will travel to Chile for our annual international reporting trip.
From May 9 – 15, the entire Globalist team will be based in Cape Town, South Africa, where we will begin researching our articles. On May 16, we will split into two reporting teams, one headed for Johannesburg and one for southwestern Botswana. To wrap up our trip, we will all return to Johannesburg on May 23 to spend one last night together in South Africa.
Reporters will be following various stories along the way, so be on the lookout for anecdotes about non-profits doing work in the realm of AIDS, reporting projects in the townships, the development of rooibos tea farming, and political change in South Africa.
We’ll be updating this blog nearly every day of the trip with photos, glimpses into our research and fun Globalist extras to add a little spice to everything!