The New Leader Goes Digital

NEW YORK, March 14, 2007 The New Leader, which concluded 82 years of print publication in early 2006 with an expanded Final Issue, is now back as a bi-monthly online magazine. Hosted at Columbia University, it had its rebirth with the launching of the January/February 2007 issue at The March/April issue will be available later this month.

The online NL is virtually identical to the print version in appearance, and in its coverage of international and domestic affairs, literature, and the arts. In fact, it is in PDF format. Download it and the virtual magazine becomes an actual one.

Currently, there is no access charge for The New Leader online, which has been receiving over 3,000 hits per week since its launch in January. At its peak, the print magazine had 30,000 subscribers worldwide.

Established in 1924, The New Leader gained prominence as a liberal anti-Communist voice and strong advocate of civil rights. Its contributors have been prominent liberal writers and critics. The NL was the first to publish Joseph Brodsky and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in the United States. It also was the first to publish "Letter From Birmingham City Jail" by Martin Luther King, Jr. Other contributors have included Willy Brandt, Theodore Draper, Ralph Ellison, Hubert H. Humphrey, George F. Kennan, John F. Kennedy, Hans J. Morgenthau, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Albert Murray, Reinhold Niebuhr, George Orwell, Bertrand Russell, Bayard Rustin, and Arthur Schlesinger Jr..

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

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