INSP News Service

The INSP News Service is one of our key member services, providing editorial support to street papers to build their capacity and quality, and increase vendors’ sales. These highlights from our weekly members' news feed demonstrate the talent working in the street paper movement.

News posts by INSP News Service:

=Oslo’s social enterprise coffee shop =Kaffe now the subject of a TV show

TV show, ‘Petter Uteligger (Homeless Petter) – a New Opportunity’, has started airing on Norwegian channel TV2. The subject of the show is street paper =Oslo’s coffee shop, =Kaffe, staffed primarily by vendors, many of whom have a history of drug addiction. Petter Nyquist followed the =Kaffe gang from the get go, and all the way to Rwanda.

Our vendors: Priscillia Tait (Megaphone, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Vancouver vendor Priscillia Tait took the winning cover photo of the 2018 Hope in Shadows calendar. Here, she talks about the setting she chose for the photograph, as well as her family, growing up in an Indigenous community and her experience of homelessness.

Our vendors: Tina Drake (Street Roots, Portland, USA)

Tina first arrived in Portland two and a half years ago and she now sells Street Roots from her pitch outside Target in Downtown Portland. Here, she reflects on her childhood struggle to reconcile her outer gender with her inner self, how welcoming Portland has been for her as a trans woman and the rich feeling of hope that her mother endowed her with.

Our vendors: Steven (The Curbside Chronicle, Oklahoma City, USA)

Curbside Chronicle vendor Steve talks in depth about his childhood, growing up, his experiences of homeless and what it is like to work as a street paper vendor in Oklahoma City.

Female, homeless and invisible

In Germany, 100,000 women have no home of their own and a quarter of all homeless people are women. bodo spent time with four women from Bochum who are facing homelessness. They talked about their experiences and explained why women who live on the streets are ignored.

Our vendors: Constantin (Hinz&Kunzt, Hamburg, Germany)

Constantin (60) is a vendor for Hinz&Kunzt at the REWE-Center in Dorotheenstraße. After losing his home and his family in his native country of Romania, he travelled to Germany looking for work. After finding himself sleeping rough, he turned to the German street paper for help.

StreetWise vendors review this year’s Oscar nominated films

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, takes place this Sunday, so Chicago’s StreetWise asked its vendors to view a handful of the Academy-nominated films and share their thoughts. It’s a hotly contested year, with quality filmmaking running throughout the nominations, as well as some big surprises and a welcome turn towards greater diversity. (Be warned, there are SPOILERS ahead).

Our vendors: Tommaso (Scarp de’ tenis, Milan, Italy)

Tommaso, a Scarp de’ tenis vendor in Italy, tells us about his close relationship with his brother and how it has helped him push through some of the more challenging periods of his life.

Our vendors: Nancy (The Big Issue South Africa, Cape Town)

Our vendor on the pitch, Nancy Mngqelana, 53, sells The Big Issue magazine in Claremont. She shares her inspiration and aspirations, and her story ‘sew’ far.

#VendorWeek 2018: Big Issue Australia vendors write letters to their younger selves

Big Issue vendors from across Australia offer words of advice, reflection, consolation and love to their teenaged selves in these special letters written for #VendorWeek 2018.

#VendorWeek 2018: Guest sellers vow never to walk by a Big Issue North vendor again

If they weren’t regular customers already, the people who generously gave up their time during #VendorWeek to try selling Big Issue North for an hour vowed not to walk on by again.

Our vendors: Jusuf Jusufovski (Lice v Lice, Skopje, Macedonia)

The future beckons for high-school student Jusuf, who is looking forward to entering the world of work. Here, he tells us his story and talks about his life, desire to travel and love of dancing the tango.